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

“We went underground for six months and changed our names. My father worked nights and homeschooled me. We were living in a motel and I stayed inside with no outside contact& I knew there was something wrong, but I spoke up for him in court, so my dad said I was agreeing with him taking me. And that was that.”  
-- Charlene, Take Root Member
abducted at age 7 and 8

Here is a list of resources for those of you who are looking for more information on how you can stop family abductions and help find missing children.

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  • Polly Klaas Foundation
    The Polly Klaas Foundation is a national nonprofit that helps find missing children and prevents them from going missing in the first place. We accomplish our goals by promoting public policies, educating the public, and providing families, law enforcement and communities with the ongoing support and expertise needed to protect our children.
  • Amber Alert Now
    Help rescue kidnapped children by making sure the Amber Alert emergency response system is in place across the country.
  • Take Root
    Take Root speaks directly to those who were parentally abducted, to bring their voices forward and to make sure they do not remain among the missing.
  • Team H.O.P.E.
    The mission of Team H.O.P.E. is to assist families with missing children by offering counsel, resources, empowerment and emotional support from trained volunteers, who have had or still have a missing child.
  • Child Find of America
    Child Find of America Inc. is a national nonprofit organization that prevents child abduction through education and resolves incidents of parental abduction through mediation.
  • FBI’s Most Wanted Parental Kidnappers
  • National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
    The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) is now in its 112th year. The organization comprises more than 300 lawyers, judges and law professors, appointed by the states to draft proposals for uniform and model state laws where uniformity is desirable and practicable, and work toward their enactment in legislatures.
  • Abduction of Zachary and Chelsea Smith
    My name is Michael Smith, father of Zachary and Chelsea Smith. Please take a few minutes to browse through our website. Zachary and Chelsea were abducted by their non-custodial mother, Elizabeth Ann Stratton. A FBI warrant for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution was issued for the abductor on January 12, 1998.

For Family Court Professionals

Regarding the Hague Convention, the US Dept. of State, Office of Children's Issues offers the most current information available. The Polly Klaas Foundation recommends the following links to research more targeted information pertaining to specific casework.

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