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Child Abduction Prevention

March 22nd, 2010 by flanews

Half of all abducted children are taken by one of their parents.

Legislation aimed at stopping parents going through divorce from abducting a child out is being discussed by state lawmakers. The Child Abduction Prevention Act would require divorcing parents to both sign a notarized letter before either one of them could take their child across the state-line. Carolyn Ann Vlk from St. Petersburg Florida has a four year old at high risk of being abducted. She says the legislation would help reduce the risk.

It serves to educate the family court system as to what risk factors exist in a particular case and then gives a selection of preventative measures that can be utilized on a case by case basis, said Ann VLK.

The legislation also would allow a judge to require a parent who is at a high risk of fleeing the country to post a bond before taking a child to another state or out of the country.

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