Does Take Root support the opinion that family-abduction is child abuse?
Not as a blanket statement. Sometimes it is and sometimes it isn’t. We have members who were abducted to remove them from abuse on the part of the left-behind parent. We call these Concern-Driven cases (meaning the taking parent is motivated by a concern for the child’s best-interest, as opposed to what we call Agenda-Driven cases in which the abduction is driven by the taking parent’s own desires). Every case is different and one of our agency values is that we only make factual statements about family-abduction that hold true across all cases in our database. Take Root does, however, contend that all missing-child cases of family-abduction are cases of child-endangerment, an assertion supported by a five point argument elaborated in our Gray Papers series.