Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults
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About Abductions

What are the different types of abductions?

  1. Family
    The taking, keeping, or concealing of a child or children by a parent, other family member, or person acting on behalf of the parent or family member that deprives another individual of his or her custody or visitation rights
  2. Non-family
    The movement of a child using physical force or threat, the detention of a child for a substantial period of time (at least 1 hour) in a place of isolation, or the luring of a child younger than 15 years old for purposes of ransom, concealment, or intent to keep permanently.
  3. International


When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide
Guide written by parents and family members who have experienced the disappearance of a child
The Kid is With a Parent, How Bad Can it Be?:" The Crisis of Family Abductions
Issue brief by NCMEC President and Chief Executive Officer Ernie Allen
Recovery and Reunification of Missing Children: A Team Approach
"Best practice" guidelines and training tips for returning recovered children to their families
A Family Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping
Presents practical and detailed advice about preventing international kidnapping
Family Abduction
Step-by-step information for parents who have experienced a family abduction
Is this your CHILD? If not--it may be NEXT TIME
Information to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation

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