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“Most of you wake up with your children running around your home,  a busy environment getting the kids ready for school. Just take a minute, and think about parents whose children are not there, because they have been kidnapped or abducted. The silence is only an experience that a parent will endure, the silence can be forever…” – Sean Felton CEO, Abducted Angels

All alone and nowhere to go. A parents' grief is more than what anyone can imagine. We exist to end this injustice.

Our mission is to ensure policy and practice meets the needs of the victims of international parental child abduction

In the UK, international parental child abduction is a criminal offence (Child Abduction Act 1984). This vital fact is little known by the public, not least because it is often treated as a civil matter by authorities. In signatory countries parental child abduction legislation is underpinned by the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (1980).

This is a multilateral treaty that seeks to  protect children from the harmful effects of abduction and retention across international boundaries by providing a procedure for their prompt return. However, more than 500 children are still abducted by a parent from the UK each year with many never returning. We believe more can, and should be done!

At Abducted Angels our aims are to:

Protect the rights and interests of all children who have been impacted by parental child abduction and child abuse in all shapes and form

Raise awareness of the crime of international parental child abduction and promote preventative measures

Provide help, support and guidance to families impacted by parental child abduction, including the provision of rehabilitation support

Carry out research and influence policy and practice to effect the safe return of children unlawfully taken from the UK

Left alone. Abandoned...

Abducted Angels is committed to bringing about changes that are needed in policy and practice so that we can be more effective in providing direct support to the victims of parental child abduction

Family Support Programme

The abduction of a child is a devastating experience, and it is no less so when the abductee is a parent. Many parents just want to speak to someone who understands and can offer some comfort and hope.

While we cannot promise that an abducted child will be returned to the UK, at Abducted Angels we have direct experience of parental child abduction and are on hand to guide and support families each step of the way.

We are developing a support programme that will include:

Signposting
Advice and guidance
Access to key contacts and networks
Counselling
Rehabilitation
Fundraising support

If you would like to find out more, please contact us

Research, Policy and Practice

At Abducted Angels we advocate on behalf of families impacted by international parental child abduction.

We understand that many parents feel abandoned by their government, or overwhelmed by the complexity of the system and mounting costs.

We also believe that the children at the centre of such cases are the real victims. We are therefore committed to ensuring that their voices are heard at the highest levels.

Significant procedural gaps prevent the return of children. We are therefore building our evidence base and seeking a review of existing legislation to ensure that parental child abduction policies and practices are as effective as they can be.

If you would like to be involved in consultations and research undertaken by Abducted Angels then please contact us

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Stakeholder Training Programme

We are developing a training programme for organisations involved on the front-line such as local authorities, police and schools and voluntary organisations working with families and children.

Our aim is to develop better understanding of international parental child abduction among ‘public facing’ stakeholders so they are better equipped to offer support and advice to families impacted by parental child abduction.

Our programme will include:

UK legal position
Hague Convention & existing protocols
International challenges
Preventative measures
Impact on children/families
Cost implications

If you would like to find out more, please contact us

Scared of the dark - A new hope

The story behind reuniting parents with abducted children. together 

Sean Felton lived a normal life, nothing out of the ordinary. He was a loving and devoted parent whose world was tragically turned upside down in March 2010 when his son Jobe was abducted by his mother and taken to Thailand.

Left to fight and negotiate the system alone, Sean found that vital support was lacking for left behind parents and the children that had been wrongfully taken from the UK to countries around the globe. After nearly a year of searching, raising finance and learning about the complexities of International Parental Child Abduction, Sean found his son in a remote village in the care of strangers. Jobe was just 3 years old.

Jobe had been physically abused and neglected. But he was one of the lucky ones. After being reunited with his Dad, and with love and support Jobe has been able to overcome the trauma of his experiences. Many children never return to their families and homes in the UK, nor see their left behind parent ever again.

Following this exteremly dark period of his life Sean later went on to found Abducted Angels in 2012. As a victim parent of international parental child abduction, a parent of a missing child, Sean experienced first-hand the failures in the current system and became determined to support other victims.

Today, Abducted Angels is a small team, including other parents, strategic partners and key ambassadors who are dedicated to bringing about the changes that are needed. Together we are working  to ensure that the voices of the children, parents and families are heard.

Everybody is on a journey and we invite you to join us and make a difference…

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