The Hague Convention

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty for children who are wrongfully removed or wrongfully retained by a parent. It ensures that children will be returned as quickly as possible to the country in which they habitually reside, so that issues of parental responsibility can be resolved by the courts in that country.

The Convention came into force in 1983 and has 81 signatories worldwide. All countries participating in this campaign have signed and ratified the Convention.