Today, the State of Florida has before its legislative branch of government two adjoining bills that will provide the state's courts and judges with the ability to assess risk factors for a potential parental child abduction. Collectively, this is known as the CHILD ABDUCTION PREVENTION ACT.
Tragically, there are over 370,000 child abductions in the United States alone each year. The majority of these are parental child abductions. Thousands of children are stolen across international borders each year. Too many of them do not come home. They can't. They are gone forever.
Please show your sign of support for Senator Eleanor Sobel's bill now before committee (SB1862), and Representative Rouson's adjoining House of Representative Bill (HR787).
We urge all parents and children who have experienced abduction to share your stories (they will be submitted to the various Senate and House committees) at www.floridachildabductionpreventionact.info
We the undersigned are in full support of the State of Florida's CHILD ABDUCTION PREVENTION ACT (CAPA) bill now before you.
We request that you show your full support of CAPA, and by doing so, affirm your advocacy for innocent and defenseless children who are or who one day may face the dangerous threat of parental abduction. Failure by the State of Florida to immediately provide it's courts and judges with the necessary tools to assess risk factors of potential parental child abductors is a direct disregard to the safety of defenseless children who one day may face this grave issue.
We urge you to see parental child abduction for the real and dangerous crime against a child that it is. Many of us have experienced this type of crime, either as a child stolen, a chasing parent, a family member of an abducted child, a friend of someone who has experienced child abduction, or as a professional who works in this area. PARENTAL CHILD ABDUCTION IS NOT A CIVIL MATTER. It is a CRIME against a child.
By passing SB 1862 and HB787, you, the lawmakers of the great State of Florida affirm your advocacy and support of protecting innocent children by providing courts and judges with the ability to assess risk factors associated with a potential child abduction, and, to act strongly and expeditiously in the name of the best interest of a child.
We thank you for your support of this critical legislation presented to you via The Honorable Senator Eleanor Sobel and The Honorable Representative Darryl Rouson.