TRUE or FALSE. Kidnapping committed by a family member is considered child endangerment.
 a. True
 b. False

"My recollection is fuzzy about what we were told had happened to our mom. I think at first we were told we were going on vacation with our dad, and then later, I believe he told us that our mom had died& Meanwhile, back in Pittsburgh our poor mother was going crazy trying to find us." 
-- Sam, Take Root Member
abducted at age 6

 What is Family Abduction?

Family abduction happens when a family member, usually a parent, kidnaps and conceals a child for any length of time. It is a serious crime that happens to over 203,000 families a year and yet it is not even considered a felony in every state. The emotional, psychological and physical impact on children is often so significant that family abduction is considered a form of child endangerment.

While education is the first step to take on this national problem, we've also got some great next steps you can take to protect kids from the trauma of family abduction by telling your legislators to help pass laws that will help prevent family abductions across the country. Click here to take action today!

Five Things You Might Not Know About Family Abductions

  1. Each year, over 203,000 children (78% of all missing children!) in the U.S. are abducted by a family member, usually a parent.
  2. The biggest motive for family abduction is revenge against another parent, not the child's safety.
  3. More than half of abducting parents have a history of violent behavior, a criminal record, or a substance abuse problem.
  4. Children abducted by family members often suffer severe lifelong emotional and psychological damage.
  5. Nearly 70% of law enforcement agencies do not have a written policy on how to respond to a family abduction.
So what steps can you take to prevent abduction from touching your family? Click here for some helpful tips and learn more about this important issue.

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