Bouncing back: Ensuring the wellbeing of children in cases of international child abduction


In relation to the Brussels IIa recast and building on the results of former research studies, Child Focus, the University of Antwerp, Center IKO, CFPE-Enfants Disparus, Missing Children Europe and the French Central Authority have conducting a large scale research study on the psychological effects of an international child abduction on the wellbeing of abducted children.

This research study has enabled project partners to gather concrete information on the specific aspects of an international child abduction influencing the wellbeing of children. The final goal of this research project is to formulate recommendations and create good practices for legal and other professionals who deal with cases on avoiding possible trauma for the children involved.

Find the brochure with a summary of the research findings here.

Find the complete research report here and the individual reports below:

1. Quantitative research study with parents

2. Qualitative interviews with children

3. Case law analysis

Recommendations towards professionals and policy makers can be found here and endorsed here.


Family mediation: a successful solution in child abduction cases
Today marks the beginning of International Mediation Week which aims to promote the importance of family mediation in parental abduction cases. Despite its success rate, mediation remains a solution that is not sufficiently used in Europe.

Cross-Border Family Mediation Training Sunday, 14th October – Saturday, 20th October 2018 Berlin, Germany
The 50-hour advanced training course organized by our training partner MiKK aims to qualify practising family mediators to mediate cross-border family disputes, including international child abduction, access and custody cases.

Bouncing back - The well-being of children in international child abduction cases
23-24 November 2017 - Antwerp - Elzenveld