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Our mission is to stop international parental child abductions and wrongful retentions, and support victims of this crime.

We work to educate Canadians about the crime of international child abductions, to connect and support seeking parents, to advocate for meaningful regulatory improvement and to bring our children home.


We connect with government, NGOs, and parents to advocate for meaningful change for those who have experienced some aspect of an international child abduction.

Although some international mechanisms are in place to support Canadian parents, they are often insufficient and depend on the harbouring country’s legal system. Not all countries are up to the challenge.

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Our aim as left behind parents and as an organization is to bring about awareness of international parental child abductions. We are here not just to inform people that this does happen in Canada, but to support, assist, and find ways to resolve this crises. Although most people may think that these cases are resolved quickly, the fact of the matter is that most drag on for years on end because of laws and regulations, diplomacy and noncooperation. Parental alienation is a crime and has left many victims in despair so we are offering our knowledge and our familiarity of the process and the legal procedures based on our own awareness.

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Each international child abduction is its own story — but there are many common elements. We connect parents to share strategies, stories and resources.

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A parent experiencing the abduction of their child to another country is suffering a tremendous, terrifying loss. We know how this feels and we are here to help you.

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  • Ottawa 2024 Wrap-up
    This April 23-26, we gathered again in Ottawa to advocate for our abducted children. Nine of us were able to attend in person — in some cases crossing the country to be there — and we brought statements, questions, and stories from other parents and families around the country who have lost children to parental… Read More »Ottawa 2024 Wrap-up
  • Ottawa 2024 Conference
    Return Our Children Home Canada is proud to announce our third annual conference in Ottawa between April 23rd and 26th, 2024. All are welcome to attend a vigil for internationally abducted children at Parliament Hill on April 25 at 4:30-6:30 pm EST by the centennial flame. At this event, we will: More details about the… Read More »Ottawa 2024 Conference
  • Statement on Dawn Walker sentencing
    Return Our Children Home Canada was approached for comment on the sentencing of Dawn Walker for the abduction of her son. Here is our statement: Return Our Children Home Canada is a group of Canadian parents whose children are victims of international parental child abduction. Approximately half of us are moms, and half are dads,… Read More »Statement on Dawn Walker sentencing
  • Petition to the Government of Canada
    On March 29, 2023, NDP MP Randall Garrison presented our petition before Canadian parliament: “I rise today to table E-petition 4151 which deals with the scourge of International Parental Child Abduction. This is where one parent takes a child out of the country to attempt to deny the other parent contact with their child. The… Read More »Petition to the Government of Canada
  • 2nd Annual Parents’ Conference
    Return Our Children Home Canada is proud to launch its second annual Parents’ Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, April 24-27, 2023. For more information, visit:
  • Petition to the Canadian Government
    Return Our Children Home Canada, with the help of Member of Parliament Randall Garrison, is taking a petition to the Federal Government: Whereas: The Criminal Code recognizes International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA) as a criminal act detrimental to the abducted child; In 1997, a federal committee undertook a series of hearings on IPCA. These resulted… Read More »Petition to the Canadian Government
  • Ottawa 2022: Vigil on Parliament Hill
    This is the third in a series of posts about the 2022 Return Our Children Home Canada conference in Ottawa. For the first, click here. Return Our Children Home Canada connects and supports parents of internationally abducted children — it is our most regular activity. But in a country as large as Canada, it is… Read More »Ottawa 2022: Vigil on Parliament Hill
  • Ottawa 2022: International Conversations
    This is the second in a series of posts about the 2022 Return Our Children Home Canada conference in Ottawa. For the first, click here. While the Return Our Children Home Canada conference was focused on gathering parents in Canada’s capital, our work is implicitly international. Our children were abducted across an international boundary. Our… Read More »Ottawa 2022: International Conversations
  • Ottawa 2022: First Annual Conference
    This is the first of a series of posts about Return Our Children Home Canada’s first annual conference in Ottawa, Ontario, held from April 25th to April 28th, 2022. Return Our Children Home Canada launched remotely in 2021 as a non-profit organization – in the middle of the pandemic – with ambitious goals and zero… Read More »Ottawa 2022: First Annual Conference