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Child Abduction Unit
The Child Abduction Unit (CAU) exists to enforce child custody and visitation orders and to locate and return children who have been maliciously taken or detained. It is our goal to help ensure peaceful enforcement of court orders so that the children will enjoy a relationship with both parties.

We will help enforce existing orders.

CAU Categories
Cases are divided into three categories:
  • Abductions
  • Concealments
  • Visitations

Investigations and Cases
If your child has been abducted, the CAU can begin an investigation to locate the child whether or not there was an order in place at the time of the abduction. Concealment cases, or cases in which you are having a problem enforcing visitation, can only be enforced if there is an existing court order. If you are not satisfied with the present court order, you may take the matter back to mediation and/or court.

In some cases, we will criminally prosecute the other party. At no time is the District Attorney representing either party as an individual. The District Attorney represents the People of the State of California and/or the Superior Court.
Since we do not represent you, there is no attorney-client relationship. Therefore, any information you provide the District Attorney’s Office is not confidential and may be subject to disclosure pursuant to court rules or at the discretion of the staff of the District Attorney’s Office.

Your address and telephone number will not be released to the other parent without your authorization. The other party’s address will not be released to you without his or her authorization.

Merced County 2222 M Street Merced, CA 9543 Ph. (209) 385-7434 Toll Free (800) 226-6452
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