SACRAMENTO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

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State Targeted Offenses Program


Child Abduction


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  • Child Abduction FAQs
  • Visitation Violation Report Form
  • Good Cause Notification Form
  • Good Cause Contact Information Update Form
  • Child Abduction Resources
  • Request Assistance Form

  • The Child Abduction Unit of the Sacramento County District Attorney's office investigates parental child abductions and helps enforce custody rights when a child has been taken, withheld, or concealed in violation of a valid custody order.

    The District Attorney's office may be able to assist you in enforcing your court order if:

  • You are a Sacramento County resident, and
  • You possess a current, valid court order granting you custody.
  • Court Order
    If your child has been abducted and you do not have custody orders in place, you should obtain one as soon as possible. The Child Abduction Unit cannot give you legal advice or guidance. For more information on how to initiate child custody proceedings, consult a private attorney or visit the Sacramento Superior Court website at: www.saccourt.ca.gov.

    Visitation Violations
    The Sacramento County District Attorney's Child Abduction Unit accepts reports of violations of court ordered visitation, but does not investigate the reports. The reports serve only as a method for the reporting party to document the violation for use in family court proceedings, if appropriate. Click here to file a visitation report.

    Good Cause Notification
    The Sacramento County District Attorney's Child Abduction Unit accepts reports of "Good Cause" pursuant to Penal Code section 278.7, but does not investigate the reports. The reports serve only as a method for the reporting party to notify the District Attorney's Office that they have a good faith and reasonable belief that their child will suffer immediate harm if left with the other parent. In addition to filing the Good Cause Notification, you are responsible for commencing custody proceedings within a reasonable time and keeping the District Attorney's Office informed of your current address and phone number. Failure to fulfill all of these requirements could result in the filing of child abduction charges. Click here to file a report of good cause. Click here to update your address and phone number.

    Request Assistance
    If you are a resident of Sacramento County with a valid custody order granting you primary physical custody and believe that your child was abducted by a non custodial parent, click here to provide your name, the other parent's name and a phone number where you can be reached. You will be contacted within two business days. You can also request assistance by calling the Child Abduction Unit at 916.875.0096.