NCMEC Site This is the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s
site for downloading their publications or requesting a hard copy. All
searching parents should ensure all professionals involved in their
case receive the URL to this site.
Recovery and Reunification of Missing Children: A Team Approach (March
1995) This is a 75 page Microsoft Word document from The National Center
for Missing and Exploited Children that is designed to educate and assist
professionals who bear the primary responsibility of reuniting missing
children with their families. All recovering victim parents should provide
a copy of this document to all related professionals after the recovery.
We were particulary interested in the list of professionals listed in
the acknowledgements section. These are the movers and shakers of the
family abduction issue.
US Department of State — This Web site written in 1995 provides
a good description of the U.S. State Department.
Family Abduction Legislative Developments
The Fagan Bill in Florida — This bill would virtually eliminate
the Children of the Underground Group. It would require the person who
took the children to notify law enforcement authorities from the child’s
previous home within 10 days, according to a draft of the bill. The
person would have to tell authorities why he or she took the child and
provide an address and phone number where the child is being held. Short
of a court order providing appropriate safeguards, this information
would remain confidential.
Protective Parent Legal Issues
Morgan vs. Forteich
This is a classic 1989 legal analysis of child custody issues as they
relate to the family abduction crime. This analysis includes a quote
from Faye Yager who states, “no one is turned away for lack of resources.”
Foretich to sue over law for Morgan President Clinton has
signed a measure that would allow Elizabeth Morgan to return to the
United States without fear of arrest, even though she fled the country
nine years ago during a bitter custody battle. Victim Parent Eric Fortich’s
Attorney Jonathan Turley will bring this matter to court as a violation
of the constitution and the Hague Convention.
Family Abduction Movies
When Andrew Came Home Inspired by a true story, this movie
tells of a mother who must cope with the return of her son, who had
been missing for five years after being kidnapped by her ex-husband.
Family Abduction Prevention
Ulocate.com A monitoring service that tracks cell phone activity of your children’s
phones and displays their location on a map. It is also possible to
setup an alert when the phone is used outside of a defined area. This
service supports the Motorola i730, i88s and i58sr on the Nextel network
and all models of the Benefon on the T-Mobile, AT&T, and Cingular networks.
Additional phones and carriers will be supported as they become GPS
Family Abduction: Prevention and Response A publication of
the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This publication
can be downloaded from their site (248 pages). Note: If you believe
your child(ren) could be kidnapped by your former spouse, it is imperative
that you download this guide and carefully read it. You should call
the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Center’s 24-Hour Hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).
Blocking the issuance of a U.S. Passport Information from the U.S. Department
of State of how to stop a U.S. passport from from being issued for your
child if you suspect they might be kidnapped abroad. Most U.S. citizens
will not leave the country without a valid U.S. Passport for their child.
Parental Kidnapping: Prevention and Remedies This article
was prepared for the project “Obstacles to the Recovery and Return of
Parentally Abducted Children: Training, Technical Assistance, and Project
Resources.” The Project is directed by Linda K. Girdner, Ph.D., project
director, and Patricia M. Hoff, Esq., legal director, at the American
Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. Other research by Dr.
Janet Johnston, Judith Wallerstein Center for the Family in Transition,
and Dr. Linda Girdner, ABA Center on Children and the Law. (1997)
This Family Abduction or Parental Kidnapping site monitors Family Abduction Searches, Hague Convention Cases, Recoveries, Trials and Sentencing. There should never be a reasonable legal excuse for a Domestic or International Parental Kidnapping.
We also monitor the activity of the Protective Parent or Underground Groups. It's your guide to what's going on with these notorious groups.
Some of these cases in the '80s & '90s started with Faye Yager's Children of the Underground Group. Over the years, the loose network of groups have evolved to the "Protective Parent Movement" and in more recent years to "Family Court Critics". During the last 25+ years, these groups have used their network of legal professionals, proclaimed child protectionists, domestic violence shelters and spoon-fed media to assist parental kidnappers. As these kidnappers play Family Court Judge, Jury and Executioner -- some parents are searching years for their children. They tearfully keep hope alive that someday they will find them.
This website is dedicated to the recovery of those children and the prosecution of the parental kidnappers and those that aided and abetted in this criminal act.
The Family Abduction Watch
Witness tampering is the act of attempting to alter or prevent the testimony of witnesses within criminal or civil proceedings.
From A.M. Costa Rica NewsMedia on Custody Caes
A.M. Costa Rica does not seek to rehear any of these complex custody cases. But the newspaper strongly believes that the case must be heard in the court of initial jurisdiction. It is grossly unfair for one party to a legal dispute to flee to a foreign county to seek a more favorable ruling. The evidence and the witnesses remain the initial jurisdiction. That is the purpose of the international agreement on child abduction …
Where Ms. Kufner sees smoke, however, there is not only no fire, but there is not even smoke. Here, the overwhelming absence of any evidence suggesting the children were subjected to sexual abuse ...
Protective Parents / Protective Mothers
Custodial-embattled parents, usually the mothers that refuse to accept the custody orders of the Family Law Court System. As the court system moves to co-parenting or joint custody, these proclaimed protective mothers are not able to comprehend why the courts would not award maternal custody in their case. They are willing to go to any extreme and use any all forums including fabricating allegations against their former spouse; use a loose network of physicians or child therapists to falsify a medical report; take their stories to the press or turn fugitive with their children with help of a modern-day "Underground Railroad" that may result in a prison sentence. In recent years, mothers have even abandoned all custody rights and even sent their older teenage children into hiding rather than abide by the court custody orders. After any allegations are fabricated, the mothers rarely follow through and provide supporting evidence for any related investigations.
In the past 30 years, a small number of activist groups, individuals and activist legal groups have been been trying to grow the so called "protective parent movement". With the expanded awareness of the plight of both domestic and international abductions and the emotional impact of the abduction on the kidnapped children - this movement is not highly regarded in the Family Law Legal Community. This cause is more of a protest against the Family Law Legal system of co-parenting or joint custody when they can recruit an activist and narcissistic mother that is willing to take her case to this extreme.
“Children who are victims of family abduction are uprooted from their homes and deprived of their other parent. Often they are told the other parent no longer loves them or is dead. Too often abducted children live a life of deception, sometimes under a false name, moving frequently and lacking the stability needed for healthy, emotional development.” - U.S. Department of Justice