Children at Borders identifies international child abduction between family members in a few, very specific, situations.  It happens when a parent, relative, or acquaintance of a child leaves the country with the child or children in violation of a custody decree or residential schedule. Another situation is retention where children are taken on an alleged vacation or court-ordered visit to a foreign country and are not returned . A third instance occurs when an American family is living overseas due to the work of one or both parents and the children are prevented from returning home following separation or divorce.

The mission of Children at Borders is to advocate for the safety, well-being and the best interests of American children who are abducted from a parent while traveling internationally.   We believe the following:

  1. Any child traveling internationally is entitled to travel safely to visit parents and family, with the expectation to return to his or her custodial parent.
  2. Children should have the opportunity to know and love their families in a safe and supportive environment.
  3. A child’s complete cultural heritage is paramount to their growth and development as long as it encourages strong self-worth and the ability to achieve his or her full potential.