Tonight, millions of Americans will kiss their child good night and fall asleep knowing that they will be able to do the same tomorrow. Unfortunately, for an alarming number of parents, this version of the American dream is impossible — for now — as their children are half way around the world, illegally abducted to a foreign land, leaving the American parent left behind and struggling to understand what can be done.
Between 2008 and 2015, nearly 10,000 children were abducted overseas by a parent and, in almost every case, cut off from contact with the left behind American parent.
The Hague Convention, signed by 97 countries, was designed to offer an orderly process for the return of these children to the country of “habitual residency,” or where the child had been living long-term before abduction. However, despite U.S. and international law being on side of the left behind…