International child abduction

If your child has been abducted to a foreign country, contact the Dutch Central Authority on International Children’s issues. The Dutch Central Authority can help you submit a request for your child to be returned.

What is international child abduction?

International child abduction is when one parent takes a child to another country without the other parent’s permission or leaves the child in a foreign country after a holiday or family visit.

Child abduction from the Netherlands to a foreign country

If your child has been abducted to a foreign country, contact the Dutch Central Authority on International Children's Issues (this site is in Dutch) as soon as possible. The Dutch Central Authority on International Children’s Issues falls under the Ministry of Security and Justice. The Dutch Central Authority can help you submit a request for your child to be returned.

For more information on how the Dutch Central Authority on International Children’s Issues can help you, see the international child abduction factsheet.

Child abduction to the Netherlands from a foreign country

If your child has been abducted to the Netherlands from one of the countries that is a signatory to The Hague Convention on Child Abduction (HKOV), contact the Central Authority in your country of residence. The Central Authority there will contact the Dutch Central Authority to arrange the return of your child.

If your child has been abducted from a country that is not a signatory to the convention, contact the Dutch Central Authority on International Children’s Issues (this site is in Dutch).