CARI Child Abduction Recovery International has carried out our own research and can confidently say, parents kidnap their own children for the following reasons:
•To force a reconciliation or continued interaction with the left-behind parent;
•To spite or punish the other parent;
•From fear of losing custody or visitation rights;
•In rare cases, to protect the child from a parent who is perceived to molest, abuse, or neglect the child.
The truth is there are many reasons, but unless it’s to actually protect a child from abuse, it’s nothing but a selfish act to deny the other parent access to their children.
Family abduction happens when a family member, usually a parent, kidnaps and conceals a child for any length of time. It is a serious crime that happens to over 203,000 families a year in the US alone. Life on the run for a child abducted by a family member offers many dangers: over half of family abductors have a history of violence, substance abuse, or a criminal record. In addition, children are often deprived of schooling and medical care, and learn to distrust the very authorities who could help them.
The potential for harm is so great that a few countries have now made it a federal offence or felony, which needs to be followed by all counties.
*PARENTAL CHILD ABDUCTION IS CHILD ABUSE*