Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The U.S. Department of State recently provided Congress with the 2010 Report on Compliance with the 1980 Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The annual report, now in its eleventh year, lists countries the U.S. government considers “not compliant” or “demonstrating patterns of noncompliance” with the Convention. The report also details unresolved cases brought under the Convention and explains the State Department’s efforts to expand and strengthen the Convention. For the first time, this year's report also describes the performance of the U. S. Central Authority in implementing the Convention within the United States. The Office of Children’s Issues assumed this responsibility from the International Division of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in April 2008.
During Fiscal Year 2009, the Office of Children’s Issues of the Department of State experienced a significant increase in the number of reported international parental child abduction cases. The Convention provides a civil mechanism for many parents who seek the return of their children. To date, the United States partners with 68 other countries under the Convention. The report can be found online at travel.state.gov/childabduction.