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So I woke up this morning looking at a field of beautiful palm trees while listening to the roaring sound of a waterfall.
It was a perfect way to celebrate the last day of a particularly good, satisfying, and deeply meaningful year that was my 47th.
In looking back and reflecting on all the things that occurred this year, I am pleased and thankful for the year that has been. Many goals and desires have been achieved, while others that I have set out to accomplish are in a real process of coming to fruition.
In particular, my volunteer advocacy to protect children from international kidnapping is showing significant and tangible results. Truth is, the I CARE Foundation has helped bring home many abducted children while preventing a much larger number of abductions. And recently, we have released an absolute game-changing abduction prevention tool that will protect many thousands of childrens' lives. In fact, this new tool is already working around the world.
There is very little I can compare to the happiness I feel knowing that a child of abduction has been safely brought home or spared from a terrible fate. It is due to the joy I know that my own personal commitment to helping other families remains steadfast. In this unbowed determination to help others, I know that the roots of the work previously conducted will impact many for years to come.
As I think about my life as an author who writes international espionage thrillers, I have come to realize that in many ways my ability to research and write has allowed me to help many children around the world. Certainly, I am looking forward to releasing several of my novels . . . and that has become an important goal for my upcoming 48th year. This included releasing Chasing The Cyclone in hardcover, along with Predators Games and Quest.
Most of all, when I look at this past 47th year, there is something that stands out more than anything and that is that I have a remarkable amount of love and meaningful friendships in my life.
To each of you who have added such deep meaning and value to my life this year, I would like to express my deep thanks and gratitude.
My 47th year was one that I truly embraced the concept of Uhuru. It is something I intend to do tomorrow, when I welcome my 48th year on this magical planet we all share.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
I CARE Foundation's International Travel Child Consent Form Gives Lawyers A Tool To Protect Children From Abduction
Peter Senese & The I CARE Foundation's International Travel Child Consent Form Is Being Embraced And Utilized By Members Of The Legal Community Around The World In An Effort To Stop International Parental Child Abduction
To download a copy of the 'International Travel Child Consent Form' in English or Spanish please visit the I CARE Foundation's official website: http://www.stopchildabduction.org/
Sunday, June 9, 2013
I have previously written that during the summer school break children are at the highest risk of being a victim of international parental child abduction. Often, cases of international child abduction that occurs during this time of year is when a parent initially travels with their child abroad with consent from the child's other parent. Often, the other parent (typically unsuspecting of any acts of abduction) will travel with scheming parent who is in reality, in the process of fraudulently planning an international child abduction. Once the scheming parent arrives in the country they are visiting, they unleash their abduction scheme, which can include legal petitions stating that the other parent had in fact consented to a relocation before they left the child's country of original jurisdiciton, or had subsequently agreed to relocate while in the new country.
This is a very serious matter, and I know many parents who were victimized by abduction under The Hague Convention's Article 13 - Consent or Acquiescense Defense.
During the coming summer ... parents traveling abroad really need to understand some of the do's and do not's!
For more information on International Parental Child Abduction in the United States, please visit the Department of State's Office of Children's Issues website. In Canada, please visit the Ministry of Justice. You may also visit the I CARE Foundation or the official website of Peter Thomas Senese's Chasing The Cyclone for extensive information on abduction.
Remember, each of us can help protect children by raising awareness of IPCA. I invite you to read just how important it is to stop abduction by reading 'Testimonial letters about Peter Thomas Senese and the I CARE Foundation'.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Kind wishes to all,
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
FACSA FOUNDATION'S Connie Lee Fights For Children: SHATTERING THE SILENCE TOUR AND DOCUMENTARY FILM Launched
SHATTERING THE SILENCE TOUR AND DOCUMENTARY PROJECT
Connie Lee - FACSA Foundation Founding Director
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Today, May 25th, 2013 marks the 30th International Missing Children's Day. First proclaimed by United States President Ronald Reagan as an American day of recognition over the epidemic number of missing children in the United States that has been observed by every administration since, the worldwide pandemic that impacts countries around the world is now recognized as a day to remember innocent children now gone, while reminding parents, guardians, and society as a whole of the major responsibility to make child safety a priority while raising awareness that abduction of children must be stopped at all costs.
The I CARE Foundation is committed to stopping child abduction and human trafficking. All forms of abduction, no matter who is kidnapping a child, places the child's life in grave risk.
In the spirit of today, I ask that you please consider sharing on your various social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, and any blog you administer the following essay focused on how summer is the time of year the vast majority of children are kidnapped, and what parents can do to protect them. One thing is certain: there is no coincidence that since the I CARE Foundation launched a grassroots campaign to raise awareness of abduction, outbound kidnappings have declined by 15% the last 2 years after 30 years of growth.
As a parent of a child who was once abducted, I can't thank you in advance enough for your support as we move forward in further protecting children.
Unfortunately, many countries do not view protecting children as a priority and thus don’t have appropriate mechanisms in place to recover missing children who are at high risk of being exploited into trafficking, prostitution, and parental abduction.
Today we ask all of our friends to take a few minutes out of your day and share the following two articles via your social media networks because, if history repeats itself, this information will reach a family at risk of abduction today.
Summer Vacations And International Parental Child Abduction
Protecting Against International Child Abduction: Dual Citizenship and Two Passports
Thank you in advance for your help!
On behalf of the I CARE Foundation family -
Peter Thomas Senese
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Filming at the United Nations is no easy task. I am very thankful to the team at the United Nations for granting the necessary access required to film on location.
However, having previously sponsored a conference and spoken at the United Nations in my capacity as the founding director of the I CARE Foundation concerning the issue of international parental child abduction (IPCA) in conjunction with the United States Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, it is both an honor and only fitting to have an important portion of the film take place at the United Nations.
I am very excited about the potential positive impact that 150,000 Internationally Kidnapped Children may have on others, including parents who may be targeted to have a child internationally abducted by the child's other parent or by a stranger.
Previously, and in an ongoing effort, I produced the rather straight-forward educational documentary series on international parental child abduction titled Chasing Parents: Racing Into The Storms Of International Parental Child Abduction which discussed a wide-range of issues associated with international parental child abduction, including warning signs and risk factors, what to do if your child is targeted or taken, the Prevent Departure Program, and the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative amongst many critically important topics associated with child kidnapping.
Judging from the tens of thousands of views of the Chasing Parents: Racing Into The Storms of International Parental Child Abduction along with the rather large number of parents who personally contacted me and shared that the information contained in the educational documentary series made the difference between having their child remain at home as opposed to being internationally abducted, there is a clear international need for a film such as 150,000 Internationally Kidnapped Children: one that not only shares critically important new research conducted by the I CARE Foundation concerning IPCA, but a film that clearly shows both the incredible dangers of stranger and non-stranger abduction in a way that gives light to ways which these kidnappings may be prevented.
Of course, at the core of all the information that I create concerning IPCA is the unbending desire and commitment to help educate society and targeted parents so that children will not face the dangerous, and at times deadly ordeal of IPCA.
There unquestionably is a great crisis on our hands as too many children around the world are being abducted. However, if the statistics of reported cases of abduction originating from the United States demonstrate anything - there has been a two-year consecutive decline of over 15% per year the last two years - it is that stewarding the message that IPCA is a real threat, and enlightening society of the reality of IPCA does in fact mean something: after nearly 30 years of near-consistent growth in the number of IPCA cases, we've pushed back the proverbial mountain in the United States . . . and though there is a great deal to still be done, there is measurable indicators that raising awareness has made a sizeable difference in protecting children from abduction.
On a very personal note, and as a storyteller and writer, when I first began my journey as an international parental child abduction prevention advocate by writing the critically accalimed novel Chasing The Cyclone that was deeply inspired by my own experiences, I never thought that so many miracles would happen as a by-product of these efforts. But that is what happened because through it, dozens of internationally kidnapped children have been reunited while an even larger number of targeted children of abduction have remained safe.
And that is very cool.
-Peter Thomas Senese-
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Fighting against abduction is not an easy task by any means.
More often than not failure is the drink of the day. With it, there is dire concern for an abducted child's safety and well-being. Anger and despair are common emotions chasing parents seeking to reunite with their child often feel. The heaviness of the sense of helplessness reminds me of a dark, drab, heavy wet black canvas that covers you as the resources needed to recover a child are vast, but by no means come close to guaranteeing a child's safe return.
Lingering always in my mind is the reality that parents do murder their children (filicide).
This thought often causes me to wake up in the night. I often find myself asking, "What can I do better, or what can I do more of to help these families?"
On the abduction prevention front, there exists a different type of battle. The challenge for a parent attempting to prevent the international parental child abduction of their child is filled with many serious challenges, including the reality that most judges still do not understand the depth of how serious this issue is, and how rules of law and court orders issued by them really have limited bearing on an abduction case should a taking parent successfully be able to snatch a child.
Like anything, balance is essential to a good, healthy, and meaningful life.
Now, over the past 4 months, the I CARE Foundation has been involved in numerous successful legal international parental child abduction recoveries. And thought I take great pride in each reunification, I am also reminded that there are so many other parents and children desperately trying to reunite. So the victories, if you will, are in some sense in fact reminders of our failures, and need to do more.
This said, I am human. I put my heart out on my sleeve each and every time I get involved in trying to help another parent.
There is never a day that goes by that I have not communicated to at least 3 or 4 parents in crisis, nor the support team that are assisting at-risk or abducted children.
Sometimes that dark, wet, drab black canvas of abduction seems to heavy for my shoulders.
Now those of you who know me know that I hold close to me my spiritual faith. I am by far not perfect: far from it. But I do believe HE is.
So, last week I traveled to Florida in order to see some of the young girls who were recently freed from the worst of all nightmares that I previously spoke of. Thank goodness each is doing well. Laughter has broken the chains of mankind at our worst.
And I had some professional responsibilities that one day in the near future I am certain to share.
But truth is, I really needed some space and time for myself as the dark cloaks of abduction were enveloping my spirit.
And so, I did what I know and what I love: I went scuba diving with one of my best friends - one who has a heart of kindness as big as the grand canyon (see reference in Chasing The Cyclone).
So, here we are off of Key Largo, and for whatever the reason, I started the day in reflective prayer.
While heading out to the dive site that I was clueless on what awaited us there, I remember talking to God in my own special way as the ocean's mist cooled my sun-stroked face. Across from me was my pal of nearly 20 years.
I felt my heart slow down. The dark canvas was being pulled back and rays of light were warming my spirit.
About 5 miles from shore, our captain stopped the boat's engine. We were at our dive site.
There he simply said, "This is a very special place for some. Its said that you may find an answer or two down there."
I looked at my pal, shrugged, and began to double check my diving equipment.
Moments later, I plunge into the blue water and descend onto a delightful coral reef filled with scores of beautiful fish.
Still thinking of the children of abduction and the new direction of the Catholic Church I am proud to be a part of and Pope Frances' offerings, I begin to pray.
It was one of the most peaceful times I have ever known.
I was looking for God. I was looking for Christ. Well - guess who showed up?
So here I stayed, two tanks later, deep in prayer, asking the God I believe in to help the children who are targeted, taken, trafficked, and abused.
It is a day I will remember forever. A defining day.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Children on the autism spectrum see the world differntly. Thank goodness there exists those who see the world in the purity most of us hope to see it.
I will be wearing BLUE, Lighting It Up Blue, and cheering on all those, including my wonderful friend Jennifer Husson-Cluff, who is participating in an awareness walk later today.
I must say, I have been blessed to have my eyes opened by my dear friend Jen about the issues children and families who are on the spectrum face, but more so, I have been so fortunate to have her son Connor - my little buddy - come into my life. Connor is my Super Hero!
And my family has been so extraordinarily blessed to have Anthony in our lives. He teaches us the value of being gentle - and we are so fortuante for that and him.
Today, please take a moment or two to understand the challenges of autism and show your support for all those who see the world differently. You know . . . greatness and mankind's life's enhancements come from those who see the world differently.
To learn more about autism and being on the spectrum please visit Jen's top rated parenting website www.mom-ology.ca.
Best wishes to all,
Peter Thomas Senese