Parental child abduction (PCA) is defined as the taking, retention, or concealment of a child or children by a parent, in violation of the inherent, or court ordered, custody or visitation rights of another parent. 


Abduction by a parent or family member is the most common form of child abduction in America.

What is PCA?

RUSH engages in a number of advocacy efforts that range from educating community members and legislators about PCA and its harmful outcomes for abducted children, to engaging in research to highlight and remedy barriers in reporting PCA, and identifying opportunities toward prevention.


Each PCA case is unique in its circumstance and means for resolution. Our resources section provides a selection of materials to assist in general understanding of terms, law, and useful contacts.

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