Central Authority. Each country creates a central authority to enforce the Hague Convention. The State Department is the central authority in the United States. Central authorities are to cooperate with each other to secure in the prompt return of children, and in particular to:

  • discover the whereabouts of an abducted child.
  • take provisional measures to prevent further harm to the child or prejudice to the Each country creates a central authority to enforce the Hague Convention. interest parties.
  • secure a voluntary return of the child or amicable resolution.
  • exchange information about the child.
  • provide legal information.
  • take legal action to return the child and organize or secure access.
  • provide legal aid in advice, including legal counsel and advisers.
  • provide administrative arrangements to return the child.
  • keep each other informed and eliminate obstacles to application of the Convention.

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