10 October 2009

International Parental Child Abductions

Andrew John THOMPSON, now aged four, was abducted from Australia on 24th April 2008 by his mother Melinda Margaret THOMPSON (also known as Melinda Margaret STRATTON).

Friends, I bring this information to you as part of the ongoing search for Andrew. His father, Ken, is an Assistant Commissioner in the NSW Fire Brigades and a long-standing colleague of ours. I know Ken personally (albeit slightly) and I can assure you this is a genuine case - not an internet hoax.
I have shared the experience of a former spouse relocating overseas with two of my children, but unlike Ken, I now have the fortune of knowing their whereabouts and being in regular contact with them. Brother Ken, on the other hand, has no such comfort and I do not pretend to have even a close understanding of the anguish that he has been going through since Andrew was abducted in April 2008.
I encourage each and every one of you to take just a moment of your day to visit the Find Andrew Website, make yourself familiar with this case and share the word around the world as we all join the campaign to reunite Andrew and Ken.
Ken has recently started collaborating with Stephen Watkins from Canada, who has a similar situation, to raise awareness of international parental child abductions. One part of this is the production of a short video. The video is embedded below.
Please help Stephen, Ken and their children by watching the video and then forwarding the link to as many people as possible in as many countries as possible. The direct link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGvHQYrAZqM.