I am a left-behind parent whose son was taken and is still held in another country. I have made all the appropriate contacts with the pertinent authorities immediately. Even though I followed all their recommendations and guidelines. The State Dept. and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children did very little other than give me information that is common knowledge. The Central Authorities in both the US and the other country are very shamefully disappointing in assisting parents like me. I did file a Hague Convention application in a timely manner and submitted everything that was required. Still, the country were my son is being held refused to abide by the Hague accord siding arbitrarily with the mother. The Central Authorities did nothing about it. My current attorney has informed me that I could simply resubmit my original case again to the court for a new judicial process since family cases involving children are never a close case . This is something the Central Authorities know nothing about showing you their extent of willingness to help left-behind parents.
With all this said, the ONLY and I repeat again the ONLY organization I found that truly showed me willingness to help me in all aspects this situation entails has been without a doubt the Committee for Missing Children. Not the State Dept., Not my Congressman, Not any other organization by far out there comes close; I have looked and researched for the past four years. The Committee for Missing Children, I will call them CMC for short, should not be judged on their merits of donation solicitation or how many people they help. They have helped me tremendously. How many parents have you help for instance??? well??? Name one organizations that has helped parents bring their children home and funded their every need to accomplish this. To help parents like myself involved in Hague cases a lot of cost is incurred over time in litigating these cases. Who and I repeat again to you Who else is willing to help with the tab???? I can tell you easily: NOBODY ! The CMC has been the only organization assisting me all the way and is still helping me after all this time and not giving up. Next time all those who made/and or make negative comments about CMC remember your donations did indeed helped a parent and not just me, but other parents as well in a very thorough way; not just giving advise and a penny or two.
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