CARI Child Abduction Recovery International continues to bring awareness and at the same time speak with governments on issues relating to International Parental Child Abductions. Australia has one of the highest rates of IPCA cases in the world yet there are no statistics held by DFAT to show the true extent. CARI can tell you it’s a lot with many cases going unreported due to different family circumstances and the way the current system is failing parents, they choose to go through alternative measures.
As in 2016 our CEO Adam Whittington met with DFAT officials again this week in Canberra. It was a pleasure to meet with Ms Claire McComish, who is the current Assistant Secretary, Consular Operations Branch Australia. Discussions included but not limited to how CARI Child Abduction Recovery International can assist Australian parents in cooperation with DFAT through local Australian Embassies around the world, educating Australian parents on the roles that DFAT is able to provide and CARI’s current role and policy changes.
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CARI Child Abduction Recovery International has also been in communication again and will continue to in relation to current laws and legislation relating to International Parental Child Abduction with the Australian Central Authority for the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
International Family Law Section
Below is some update CARI have been informed of relating to Australian laws:
“Under the Family Law Act 1975, it is a criminal offence to take or send a child from Australia in contravention of a parenting order, or in circumstances where parenting proceedings are pending, unless authorised in writing by both parents (sections 65Y and 65Z). The offences are punishable by a penalty of up to 3 years’ imprisonment.
There are some amendments that are currently before the Parliament that will strengthen Australia’s response to international parental child abduction.
The Government has proposed two additional offence provisions in the Civil Law and Justice Legislation Bill 2017, which was introduced in the Senate on 22 March 2017. The second reading debate on the Bill has not yet concluded. The amendments, if passed, will make it an offence to retain a child outside Australia without authorisation by consent or court order, where the child was initially lawfully taken or sent from Australia. The proposed provisions will fill a gap in the coverage of offences related to wrongful removal and retention of children overseas.
The Australian Government has also proposed a defence of ‘fleeing family violence’ in the Bill. This new defence would apply to the existing child abduction offences in the Family Law Act as well as the new offences proposed in the Bill.
I hope that this information is of interest to you, and that your meeting with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is a useful one.”_
Australian Central Authority for the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
International Family Law Section
3-5 National Circuit | BARTON ACT 2600
CARI Child Abduction Recovery International will continue to push governments to make changes which will help protect innocent children being abducted and that of their return. CARI is the only legitimate private organisation in the world who specialize in International Parental Child Abductions.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding International Parental Child Abduction feel free to contact CARI Child Abduction Recovery International 24/7. We are always available at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our CEO Adam Whittington directly +46 707385598
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