Bijanjon Kavoossi: Anatomy of a family abduction recovery

Child Find of America offers a series of yearly PDF files on their site that summarize some of the cases they have dealt with that year. I just recently found them, and one, although from 2006, shows a very good example of what can and should be done in a family abduction recovery.

Bijanjon Kavoossi was abducted by his mother from Ohio in 1996. Ten years later he was found in Greece. Child Find and NCMEC were working together to help with Bijanjon’s reunion with his father in the United States. They asked his mother not be arrested in front of him, and mentioned that a “domestic violence” situation in Greece may complicate matters. (The file is not more explicit about that and I am not sure the precise complications that may have resulted.) He was flown into JFK airport, where individuals with both organizations met with him and took him to the hotel where his father awaited him. The father had been told to bring pictures and familiar toys to make the reunion easier. Bijanjon reacted in a typical manner for most family abduction situations. He felt bad his mother had abducted him, but he was also concerned about whether he would see her again. He also wondered where his father had been, whether he loved him, and whether he had been looking for him. He met with his father again in an emotional reunion, and they began to build a relationship again both on what was in the past and what they might share in the future.

The whole situation was well thought out and gave attention to what would be a difficult situation. If not all family abduction recoveries have these circumstances, many should. It should stand as an excellent example. this!

4 Responses so far »

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    bijanjon kavoossi said,

    March 26, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

    yes, my name is bijanjon kavoossi and i would like to report that after living through 3 years of abuse with cyrus kavoossi, i have finally moved out and am free from him

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    forthelost said,

    March 26, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

    That would be almost two years ago, correct?

  3. 3

    Elizabeth sterling said,

    May 28, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

    I happen to know Bijanjon now personally. He is perfectly safe and he is 18. This is not the whole or real story at all. He dates my relative and I know his mom and little sister. The press has changed this story up and some of it is a lie. Just tellin you

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    Will Smith said,

    July 22, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    Bijanjon Kavoossi was never abducted by his mother. She had custody and moved out of state to escape severe abuse from his father. She eventually moved to Greece. In her absence Cyrus Kavoossi sued for custody and won since his mother never received any notice of the suit.

    Cyrus only wanted custody so that he would not have to pay child support and could claim him on his income taxes, which he did for the 10 years Bijanjon was in Greece. Cyrus knew where Bijanjon was the whole time. When Paula wanted to return to the USA she called the FBI and made the arrangements for their return.

    While living with his dad, Bijanjon suffered severe abuse by his father to the point that Cyrus threatned to do a mercy killing on him. Bijanjon ran away and stayed on the run for three years until he turned 18.

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