Abduction of a child by a parent

In recent years, the number of international child abductions has increased. Such abductions usually occur when one of a child's parents has been denied or fears losing custody of the child. The parent reacts by taking the child to another country, firstly to prevent the other parent from exercising his or her rights of custody or access, and secondly to try to obtain custody of the child in a designated state.

Québec's Minister of Justice acts as the Central Authority for Québec, with responsibility for the administration of the Act respecting the civil aspects of international and interprovincial child abduction and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Minister helps to locate and obtain the return of children who have been wrongfully removed or retained by a parent in Québec or in a foreign country.

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