In Canada, parental abduction is one of the most common reasons why children and adults go missing. This term specifically cites a parent who has taken, removed, or hidden a child from the other parent in a direct or indirect matter. For example, in a direct situation, a child may have been taken out of town or to a family member’s home in an attempt to isolate the child from the other parent. In a less direct case, a parent may keep a child for longer than they were supposed to, may extend a vacation on purpose or break custody agreements.
No matter the case, this is always a distressing situation. Parental child abductions are very scary, harmful and often traumatic for the child at risk, the parent on the run and the worried parent in search of them. It’s hard to learn to trust again after a situation like this and it can have a significant impact on everyone involved but many have survived this situation and have moved on with strength.
Conducting a thorough search
It’s important to know that to resolve a situation like this, it takes acting quickly and a deep and thorough search. Parental child abduction is a serious matter and you must use resources to aid your search. Calling the police, hiring a private investigator (PI) and using communication tools like the web and the help of local institutions are all ways you can maximize the search and be an advocate for the situation at hand.
A private investigator has access to a number of resources like the police but most importantly has far more time to look into the details surrounding your case. This personalized approach brings results to the table faster to reunite parents with their missing children.
Taking care of yourself
The truth is, you will need to be strong and prepare for when your child comes home. Make sure to rest as much as possible; stay with a close friend or parent and to take care of yourself. Depending on the length of the abduction, your child may experience confusion; anxiety and betrayal or they may even feel like they were the ones that caused this to happen. We highly suggest after a situation like this that you ensure that your child is psychologically sound, unharmed and ready to move on from this situation.
When faced with a situation like this, the more help you can get, the better. Please contact us today if you suspect that you have a case of parental child abduction. The earlier we begin to work with your case, the faster we can yield results.