1. Tell the police and others if your child is missing

There are things you can do as soon as your child is missing. You should:

  • contact your local police
  • tell your friends and family
  • tell your child's school, doctor, and other service providers
  • contact Passport Canada at 1-800-567-6868, to tell them that your child is missing and that you do not consent for them to be taken out of Canada
  • contact Consular Services at 1-800-387-3124, to get help preventing your child from being taken out of the country

You should also consider bringing an emergency or without notice to your partner. This means that you ask a judge to make a to decide specific issues before a trial. If you don't already have an order for for your child, you will want to ask for an order for it. Decision-making responsibility used to be called .

See Step 2 in What if I need a court order quickly to deal with an abusive partner? for more information on emergency or ex parte motions.

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