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My 2 year old daughter taken and retained in the USA by mother

by Lee C B / Posted 17/01/2015 / Updated 05/12/2016

3 years ago this month the mother of my now 5 year od daughter to whom Im still married, decided to separate and take my then almost 2 year old daughter to the states. My ex is a citizen and when she left she informed me she would come back when we sort things out between us. She never came back and still has my daughter there.


From Sam k / Posted: 22/04/2015
Lee, I totally empathise with you. My grandaugnter was taken to USA, aged 23 months in February 2012. As a family we were fortunate, she was returned to the uk, along with her mother, in July 2012. We were in court in usa, by the end of May. I put the successful repatriation down to the speed with which the papers were filed.
There is now a prohibited steps order in place so that the child can not be taken again. I count myself lucky to have my beautiful granddaughter in my life, and thank the international child abduction unit and reunite for all their help and advice.
Lee, you dont say if you have had any contact with your daughter since the abduction. Have you tried using The Hague convention to secure her return to the UK? Try to keep strong and dont give up.
My heart goes out to you.

From BA / Posted: 05/12/2016
How did you find the process? Were American authorities helpful? Thanks

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