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Parental Abduction

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CHILD ABDUCTIONS BY PARENTS: A HIGH IMPACT ON CHILDREN, YET LITTLE EFFORT MADE TO ACHIEVE RECONCILIATION (by Hilde Demarré)



In 2010, Child Focus published a study by Thalia Kruger on the phenomenon of international child abductions in Belgium. The findings were based on the cases handled in the years 2007 and 2008 by Child Focus, the Belgian Central Authority for the implementation of the Conventions on Child Abduction and the Federal Public Service (FPS) Foreign Affairs. In 2014, Child Focus updated these results.


For the update, the Child Focus cases handled in 2009 and 2010 were examined by Lauren Van Praet as part of her internship assignment for her bachelor’s degree programme. This is a quantitative study that aims to identify certain trends over time. Doing this may help Child Focus to respond better to the needs of the parents and children involved, taking account of any changes in those needs. In addition, a number of additional research questions were incorporated into the study. These should give us a better understanding of the factors that can affect the well-being of children who have been abducted by one of their parents.






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