International Parental Child Abduction

The U.S. Embassy is not able to intervene in private child custody issues.  Grenada is not a party to the Hague Convention, which protects parents in cases of international parental child abduction.

Children in Grenada are protected by the local laws and custody granted to a parent in the court is binding.  In turn, parents have little recourse through the courts in the United States in child custody cases but can contact child protection agencies in Grenada where their children reside.  In cases where the child has been taken to court, parents should contact the Child Development Agency, which oversees the welfare of children.

The Office of Children’s Issues at the Department of State assists in cases of international parental child abduction. The Department of State may be able to assist citizens in cases involving abducted children.  Please visit the Office of Children’s Issues for more information.