The Canadian Government released this free online guide titled “International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents” that offers good information and help for anyone in this situation, and resources for parents in Canada.

Topics include:
– What you can do if your child is missing, what kinds of help you can find with the agencies you are reaching out to (police, school, lawyer, family/friends, consular services etc). And what information to offer these agencies when requesting assistance.
-Tips on searching for your child. Organizations that can aid you in your search.
-Obstacles you can expect, and how to cope with them.
-The Return of your child
How to manage a voluntary return
How and when to use the Hague Convention Rules:
-Filing criminal charges against the abducting parent, pros vs. cons, challenges, what to expect in court, etc
-Reuniting with your child- Getting used to each other, Psychological Issues, Legal Issues, etc
-Information and Documentation Checklist (this is very helpful and shold be kept on hand if you have concerns the other parent may abduct your child, or has made threats to)
-Search & Action checklist
-Warning signs of parental abduction
-Teaching your child how to contact you

The full article can be viewed at:

To obtain more information or free copies of this publication, write to:

Enquiries Service
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2
Tel.: 1-800-267-8376 (in Canada) or 613-944-4000

ALSO VIEW Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program

Parents may enroll their U.S. citizen children under the age of 18 in the Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP), one of the Department of State’s most important tools for preventing international parental child abduction. If a passport application is submitted for a child who is enrolled in CPIAP, the Department attempts to alert the parent or parents to verify whether the parents approve passport issuance.