In June 2014 a small group of child abduction lawyers met together in England to discuss whether it would be useful to have an association specifically for Child Abduction lawyers. We had only recently returned from an international conference in The Hague, Netherlands, organised by LEPCA (Lawyers in Europe for Parental Child Abduction) where we had met Dutch colleagues who had already formed such an organisation. Fresh from these stimulating few days in The Hague we were enthusiastic to find new ways for the international and domestic child abduction community to collaborate for the benefit our clients and the children who are at the very heart of these cases.
On 11 September 2014 child abduction lawyers in England and Wales were invited to attend a Charter meeting for the association. The enthusiasm for an Association that would formalise the informal network that already existed, that was committed to sharing information and ideas, to learning from one another and maintaining the current high standards of the profession and that would be the collective voice for the profession was unanimous. CALA was inaugurated.
CALA welcomes all professionals who have an interest in Child Abduction law to join and become a part of the exciting new association.