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'Two children abducted every day' Govt figures reveal

The number of children abducted by parents has more than doubled over the last decade, Foreign Office figures have shown. Two children are taken every day and Reunite - a charity specialising in family abduction cases - has had 447 new cases.

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Child abduction warning ahead of Christmas

Parents are urged to be vigilant of former partners who may snatch their children and take them across foreign borders with Christmas around the corner.

Head of the charity Reunite, which assists parents whose children have been taken by their other parent, warned Christmas could be "a particularly stressful time".

Parental child abduction is not faith or country specific – we see cases involving a range of countries from France and Poland to Thailand, Pakistan and Australia.

The holidays can be a particularly stressful time for families, especially if the relationship between parents has broken down.

However, there is help available if you think that your partner may be considering abducting your children.

Last year we helped to prevent 412 cases involving 586 children which demonstrates something can be done to prevent it from happening to you.

– Chief Executive of Reunite, Alison Shalaby

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