International Parental Child Abduction

Alerts & Warnings 

Is Cameroon party to the Hague Abduction Convention? No
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention? No
Cameroon is not a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention), nor are there any bilateral agreements in force between Cameroon and the United States concerning international parental child abduction.

Exercising custody rights

Although a left behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a valid custody order, if the parent attempts to gain access to the child, the parent’s actions may be illegal in the country where the child is physically present and may ultimately delay the child’s return and even result in the parent’s detention.  To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney.  For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney.

The U.S. government cannot legally interfere with the judicial system of another sovereign nation.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  For assistance with abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. For further questions, you can also reach us at AfricaIPCA@state.gov.