International Parental Child Abduction

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00p.m, Eastern Standard Time (Washington, D.C.).  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends or federal holidays, please call the toll-free number below.

Contact the Office of Children’s Issues

Speak with a country officer to discuss your case. We know what resources are available in different countries and can answer questions.

Learn how we can help

Call anytime:

+1-888-407-4747 from the United States and Canada

+1-202-501-4444 from other countries

We strongly discourage taking matters into your own hands.  The measures could be illegal and may delay your child’s return.  Attempts to re-abduct your child from the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts you might wish to make in the United States; and
  • Could even result in your arrest and imprisonment.

Finally, there is no guarantee that the chain of abductions would end with the one committed by you.  A parent who has re-abducted a child may have to go to extraordinary lengths to conceal his or her whereabouts, living in permanent fear that the child may be re-abducted yet again.

If you are contemplating such desperate measures, we advise you to consider the emotional trauma inflicted on a child who is a victim of an abduction and a re-abduction. We discourage re-abduction not only because it is illegal, but also because of possible psychological harm to the child.

For the most accurate information, please visit the Department of State’s International Parental Child Abduction page for Nigeria: