Friday, August 31, 2012

Peter Senese and Carolyn Vlk: Total Number of International Parental Child Abductions

What is the total number of International Parental Child Abductions In The United States?
What is the total number of international parental child abductions from the United States?

This question is one that has taken on a whole new meaning as more and more children have been criminally kidnapped abroad.

 How bad is it?

According to a detailed report Carolyn Vlk and I had written on behalf of the I CARE Foundation, if all statistical forecasts continue, there will be - not could be - but there will be 100,000 to 125,000 children in America internationally taken or detained abroad over the next decade.

How did we get here?

Well, there are many reasons.

First, living in a global society, people from different cultures eventually met, have a child, and inevitably, a significant portion of these relationships end in divorce. When this occurs, often the parent who is living in a foreign country with their child will want to return to their country of origin with their child. So they create a scheme to take the child without consent of the other parent.

Sadly, there are so many loopholes that allow for a would-be abductor to successfully follow their plans.

This and other issues are discussed in the report 'Cris in America' that Carolyn and I have written that to this day is the most current study of international parental child abduction rates in the United States.

I don't know how you feel about this, but if you can imagine seeing two major league football stadiums filled with children disappear . . . never to be returned, well, now you know what we're looking at. But going back to the 100,000 to 125,000 anticipated successful international parental child abductions of American children that will occur if things stay the way they presently are, you're probably asking . . . how did we get there?

 I invite you to read 'Crisis In America' by Peter Thomas Senese and Carolyn Ann Vlk.