Sunday, February 25, 2007

Parental Alienation

6. Parental Alienation

Approximately 150 children per year are either taken out of Australia to New Zealand, UK, US, Netherlands, and other countries (76 signatory countries in total) that are signatories to the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction, or taken from these countries to Australia.

It is not known how many other children are taken to or from Australia to or from other non-signatory countries each year.

Child Abductions
2005-06: 137 abductions, involving 75 applications for the return of children abducted from Australia, 62 for children abducted from another Hague Convention country into Australia.

Of the applications:
Total children returned: 55
Applications rejected: 9
Applications withdrawn: 15
Still pending: 58

Countries Involved 2005-06

New Zealand: 30 children abducted from NZ into Australia, 24 abducted to NZ
UK: 7 abducted into Australia, 18 abducted to UK
US: 7 abducted into Australia, 11 abducted to US
Netherlands: 3 abducted into Australia, 3 to Netherlands

Source: Attorney-General's Department
Cited in ‘Parents now more likely to flee with kids’ Liz Porter The Age (Melbourne) 09 July 2006

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