Repatriation of a child from an HCCAICA Contracting State

30.06.2017 - Article

Federal Foreign Office
Last updated in November 2014

Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (HCCAICA)

In order to return abducted children as quickly as possible, more than 80 states have now joined the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction of 25 October 1980. The object of the Convention is to secure the prompt return of children wrongfully removed to or retained in any Contracting State.

For the current list of Contracting States, click on http://www.hcch.net/index_de.php?act=conventions.status&cid=24

Central Authorities have been designated in each country to implement this Convention. The German Central Authority is

The Federal Office of Justice
Adenauerallee 99 – 103
53113 Bonn
Tel: (0228) 99410 5212
Fax: (0228) 99410 5401
: int.sorgerecht@bfj.bund.de

In the case of child abductions to one of the Contracting States, you are urgently recommended to contact the Federal Office of Justice immediately. Those seeking help may submit enquiries and appeals free of charge via the Federal Office of Justice.

For more information on the content of the Convention, the procedure and the required forms, visit http://www.bundesjustizamt.de (cf. Civil law – international custody conflicts)

You can also obtain advice on child abduction in an HCCAICA Contracting State and on cross-border access and custody conflicts from the Central Contact Point for Cross-border Family Conflicts at the International Social Service, German Branch (ISS):

Central Contact Point at the ISS
Michaelkirchstr. 17 18
10179 Berlin
Tel. (030) 62980 403
Fax (030) 62980 450
: isd@iss-ger.de


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