International Parental Child Abduction

International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA) is the removal or retention of a child outside their country of habitual residence in breach of another parent or guardian’s custody rights.

India is not a party to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention), and there are no multilateral or bilateral treaties in force between India and the United States intended to resolve IPCA.

If your child has been abducted from the U.S. to India, speak with a U.S. State Department officer to discuss your case. We know what resources are available in different countries and can answer questions. You can reach out by emailing or calling 1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444.

Visit the Department of State’s International Parental Child Abduction website for important information on preventing abduction or stopping an abduction in progress, and FAQs about the action you should take if you think your child has been abducted.

Important resources

The U.S. Department of State’s Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP)
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Legal advice

A court order prohibiting removal may give law enforcement more authority to prevent abduction. We strongly advise you to obtain professional legal advice specific to your child’s circumstances.

Embassies and consulates cannot provide legal advice or recommend a particular solicitor or law firm. However, you can find information on legal assistance here.