Parental Abduction: When Parents Kidnap Their Own

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Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story is based on the true story of Tiffany Rubin whose son was kidnapped by his own father (Jeff). Things didn’t quite work out for the couple, so they decided to get a divorce and go through a custody battle for their son Kobe. Kobe's father believed that he didn't get custody of his son because the American government was biased against him. He believed that he deserved custody of his son, even though he obviously didn't have his life together. However, a judge orders that Jeff must have visitation rights. Tiffany agrees to let Jeff take Kobe out of state for a week-long visit to Disneyland. After several days, she discovers that Jeff and Kobe are not at Disneyland. The police investigate and find that Jeff and Kobe flew to Seoul, South Korea, a country that is not part of the international treaty recognizing parental rights. Tiffany decides to take matters into her own hands, with the urging of her mother and go to South Korea to retrieve her son.

After a few months of trying to work with the government to get her son back she decided to listen to her mother’s suggestion. Tiffany's mother urged Tiffany to seek out the help of Mark Miller and his charitable organization, The American Association for Lost Children. With Mark’s help, Tiffany was able to travel to Korea to execute a high-stakes plan to bring her son home.

Personally, I believe that Taken From Me was an inspiring movie. It showed how much a mother will do for her child and it was even more compelling knowing that it was based on a true story. Tiffany's story shows that if someone truly matters to you, you will do anything you can to make sure that they are okay. She had put up flyers on the web and also talked the government, met with mediators, and took help from members of her church. When the government wouldn't help, she decided to take things into her own hands even though that meant she might end up in prison.
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