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
Learn more on how to file a Hague Application.
From Croatia to the United States:
If your child has been abducted from Croatia to the United States, you should contact the Croatian Central Authority at:
Ministry of Labor, Retirement System, Family, and Social Policy
Service for the International Cooperation in the Area of Protection of Children
Grada Vukovara 78
Tel.: +385 1 555 7348; +385 1 555 7125
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
Republic of Croatia
Tel. +385 1-661-2300
Fax. +385 1-665-8933
- The Department of State’s International Parental Child Abduction website
- https://www.childfocus.be/en helping families on child abduction
- National Center For Missing and Exploited Children