Release of the 2024 Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction – United States Department of State

The State Department recently submitted its 2024 Annual Report on International Child Abduction to Congress. We are committed to protecting the safety and well-being of American citizens abroad, especially our most vulnerable citizens – children.

The Department leads U.S. Government efforts to prevent international parental abduction, assist children and families involved in abduction cases, and promote the Hague Abduction Convention.

The Hague Abduction Convention is the most effective tool to prevent and resolve the abduction of children by international parents and to ensure the prompt return of abducted children. The Department engages with foreign governments to encourage them to accede to the Convention and fulfill their treaty obligations. Unfortunately, there are countries that have not joined the Convention and others that have failed to meet their commitments.

The 2024 Annual Report on International Child Abduction cites 16 countries demonstrating patterns of non-compliance: Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Egypt, Honduras, India, Jordan, Montenegro, Peru, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, and United Arab Emirates.