The I Care Foundation, whose website is one of those that features on the blogroll adjacent to this post, has today issued its International Travel Child Consent Form in Japanese; the English version is available to view here. The announcement on their website is reproduced below in Japanese and (below that) in English.
An extensive I CARE Foundation study conducted during the Summer of 2014 surveyed hundreds of attorneys and judges located around the world deeply familiar with international parental child abduction. The study’s findings showed that over 70% of all international parental kidnappings amongst the ninety-four 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention member signatory nations occur when one parent wrongfully detains a child abroad without the child’s other parent’s consent or a court order, violating the left-behind parent’s right of custody and the child’s right to the targeted parent. The survey also concluded the overwhelming majority of 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention cases associated with wrongful retention, the abducting parent often uses abduction defenses available to them under Article 12 and Article 13 of the Hague Convention in hope to have the court located in the country the child has been wrongfully detained in sanction their act of not returning the child to their country of original jurisdiction.
Hague Permanent Bureau Secretary General Dr. Christophe Bernasconi stated before hundreds of attorneys at the Lawyers in Europe on Parental Child Abduction Conference held at the Peace Palace in the Hague in the early Spring 2014, and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Conference held in New York in the late Spring of 2014 that the I CARE Foundation’s travel consent form was extremely well-designed, worth emulating, and an extraordinarily helpful child abduction prevention tool that should be utilized when children are traveling abroad. Additionally, Hague Permanent Bureau representatives speaking at the Sapporo Bar Association’s Hague Symposium held in Sapporo, Japan spoke to the large attending forum of family law attorneys about the significant usefulness of the I CARE Foundation travel consent form.
Hague Permanent Bureau Secretary General Dr. Bernasconi previously stated, “I have had the possibility to look at the travel form and must say that I am impressed: this is the most comprehensive document of its kind that I have seen so far and there is little doubt in my mind that this is a most valuable and important effort to prevent child abduction. I applaud your efforts and wish to congratulate you and your team… It is really impressive to see how quickly your international travel child consent form has started to yield practical results and how well you monitor its operation – this really is remarkable.”
The I CARE Foundation’s International Executive Director Peter Thomas Senese stated, “Demonstrated by the large number of international child travel cases that have occurred utilizing the I CARE Foundation’s travel form, whereas to the best of our knowledge every child who used the form returned home, we continue to witness the important role a Hague-oriented travel consent form has in the global theater of international child abduction prevention and support the Secretary General’s intent to consider incorporating an official Hague travel form into the arsenal of global abduction prevention tools. We remain highly optimistic that the global international parental child abduction rate will substantially decline due to use of Hague-oriented travel consent forms. Our substantial research indicates that over 70% of all international child kidnappings occur when a child is wrongfully detained abroad – the exact parental kidnapping scenario our travel form has successfully protected against.
“Demonstrating the I CARE Foundation’s commitment to protecting children, I am pleased to announce that our globally recognized International Travel Child Consent Form is presently being or has been translated into 30 languages, including every language spoken by signatory countries of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention. In addition, numerous legal briefs and other pertinent information surrounding our travel form have and will continue to be translated into all 30 languages by a high-caliber team of professional legal translators. Obviously this is no small task; however, it is a vital undertaking.
“With respect to Japan, and for that matter all nation’s and their children, the creation and use of our travel consent form is rather simple: children have a right to know magic and to live in a world free of concern from parental child abduction. And targeted parents of abduction have a right to have society protect their children from kidnapping. We believe in these rights. Our work and dedication continues.”
Source: I Care Foundation website (accessed on 16 October 2014)