UK-Poland Child Abduction Crisis - The Unbearable Human Cost

Hundreds of UK families report parental child abduction each year. The largest number are to Poland. Typically a Polish parent abducts the child to Poland without legal permission and eliminates the UK parents from the child’s life overnight. Can you imagine the harm to the child and the UK family members who lose all contact? Under international law most countries, including the UK,

return children reported abducted within weeks. Poland is an exception, very rarely returning children at all. The European Commission is prosecuting Poland for its general failure to fulfil its obligations. More needs to be done from the UK side to tackle the specific UK-Poland abduction crisis.

Watch Tom Toolan interviewed on Talk TV on 13 April 2023, sharing his own family’s appalling experience of unresolved child abduction.

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