International Parental Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction came into force between the United States and Croatia on December 1, 1991. For in-depth information on the workings of The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, visit the Department of State’s International Parental Child Abduction Page.

What to do if your child has been abducted

From the United States to Croatia: If your child has been abducted from the United States to Croatia, you should file an application with the U.S. Central Authority at:

United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children’s Issues – SA-29
2100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20037.

Toll Free Phone from the U.S./Canada: 1-888-407-4747
Outside the U.S/Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Fax 202-736-9132

Application forms are found here.

From Croatia to the United States:  If your child has been abducted from Croatia to the United States, you should file an application with the Croatian Central Authority at:

Ministry of Demographics, Family, Youth and Social Policy
Head of Central Authority, Children’s Issues (Parental Abduction)
Trg Nevenke Topalušić 1
10000 Zagreb

Tel : +385 1 555 7348; +385 1 555 7125
ministarstvo@mdomsp.hr
http://www.mspm.hr/

 

The Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program

The Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP) is a service for the parents and legal guardians of minor children. It enables the Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues to notify a parent or court ordered legal guardian, when requested, before issuing a U.S. passport for his or her child. The parent, legal guardian, legal representatives, or the court of competent jurisdiction must submit a written request for entry of a child’s name into the program to the Office of Children’s Issues. To request that your child’s name be entered in the Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program, click on the following link: https://travel.state.gov/content/childabduction/en/preventing/passport-issuance-alert-program.html

Requests for entry of a child’s name in the passport name check system, and, if relevant, court orders should be sent to:

U.S. Embassy – Consular Section
American Citizens Services
Ulica Thomasa Jeffersona 2
10010 Zagreb
Republic of Croatia
Tel. +385 1-661-2345
Fax. +385 1-665-8933
ZagrebACS@state.gov

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