International Parental Child Abduction

OCI maintains comprehensive information regarding International Parental Child Abduction, including case management, resources to locate an abducted child, tools to prevent abductions, and Country Information.

Preventing Abductions
To prevent international child abduction, the Department of State requires that both parents consent to the issuance of a minor (under age 16) child’s passport. Parents involved in child custody disputes who wish to be notified if an application for their child’s U.S. passport is submitted may also ask that their child’s name be entered into the State Department’s Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP).