International Parental Child Abduction

Country officers from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues are available to speak with you Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m EST.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

Malawi is not a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention), nor are there any bilateral agreements in force between Malawi and the United States concerning international parental child abduction.

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues assists in cases of international parental child abduction. We place the highest priority on the welfare of children who have been abducted across an international border. The Office of Children’s Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of an abducted child.

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