Family abductions are No. 2 cause of missing children in U.S.


Family abductions make up the second-largest number of children who are reported missing in the United States, with the first being runaways, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

About 230,600 children were abducted by family members in the United States in 2013, according to a U.S. Department of Justice study published this year.

To prevent family abductions, a parent (or guardian) should:

• Seek a custody and visitation order to specify the rights of both parents regarding the child.

• Ask a judge to include prevention provisions in the custody order, including the prohibition or unauthorized pickup of the child and restrictions on the removal of the child from his home state.

• Keep updated photos and a complete written description of the child. Have the child fingerprinted and notify schools, child care centers and babysitters of custody orders.

Source: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children



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