JADON ALEXANDER YANEZ PARADA – FAMILY ABDUCTION January 26, 2008 – UPDATED 03.05.2014
JADON ALEXANDER YANEZ PARADA
Jadon Alexander Yanez Parada
Date of Birth: June 5, 2007
Height: — Weight: 20 lbs
Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Missing: January 26, 2008 From: Guelph, ON
Distinguishing Features: He speaks English and Spanish and is a dual citizen of Canada and Chile.
Jadon’s father, Roberto Martinez, and mother, Roxanne Eliana Yanez Parada, met in early 2006. Not long after that, Parada became pregnant with Jadon, and Roberto’s and Parada’s relationship quickly fell apart. Regardless of their separation, Roberto tried to maintain a consistent presence in his son’s birth and life. He attended several doctor’s appointments with Parada, however, as Parada’s due date approached, she began to refuse sharing any information about Jadon with Roberto, going so far as to threaten Roberto saying he would never be a part of his son’s life. Roberto, persistent in being a father to his son, actually had to begin calling hospitals in his area on a regular basis to obtain any information and find out if his son had been born. It was during one of these calls that he learnt of Jadon’s birth. I can’t imagine having to find out about your child’s birth in this manner. There are so many single parents out there that would give anything to have the opposing parent want to be a part of their child’s life, and here is a man determined to be a father to his baby boy, but is prevented from doing so. It makes me sick, and I just can’t wrap my mind around why anyone would ever want to deny their child a relationship with both parents. As a divorced mom of three, I know full well what it is like to find your relationship with your partner one day coming to an end, and I understand the resentment and even anger at times that one spouse can feel for the other, but at the end of the day, my ex is my sons’ father, and he loves them more than anything, and they love him more than anything. Our relationship may be over, but our privilege of being parents to 3 beautiful, amazing little men is a bond we will forever have. I would never deny my children having a strong, healthy relationship with their father, it is important to me that they know their entire family, and are able to grow up knowing that even though Mom and Dad aren’t married anymore, we both love them, support them and are proud of them. Jadon deserves to know what an amazing father he has, and he deserves to know how much his father loves him.
Shortly after Jadon’s birth, family court proceedings began in an effort to get Roberto visitation with Jadon. It took months, and many court orders, to even confirm Jadon’s name and date of birth. Roberto was granted visitation with his son, however Parada made every effort possible to prevent Roberto from seeing Jadon. Shortly after this, Parada abducted Jadon to Chile. Parada’s family, Pedro Yanez Pincheira her father, Eliana Parada Santos her mother, and Fabrizio Yanez her brother, assisted her in Jadon’s abduction. Canadian courts found Parada in contempt of court on March 6, 2008 for failing to allow Jadon and Roberto visitation, and ordered Roberto full custody of Jadon on April 18, 2008. Chile officials have done little to return the little boy, now 5. Roberto made several attempts to contact Jadon’s grandparents in an effort to locate his son, but was told Jadon was just sick and that was why Parada was not producing Jadon for court ordered visits. It was quickly discovered after Jadon’s abduction that Parada’s parents were well aware of Jadon being abducted to Chile. Law enforcement made several visits to Parada’s parents before they were able to confirm Jadon’s abduction.
Roberto to this day is still fighting in Chilean courts to have his son returned home to Canada, enduring not only the emotional and mental anguish of have his son stolen from him, but is also facing the burden of court costs, lawyers and translators. On May 1, 1994, Chile denounced the Hague Convention: An International Treaty on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. However, they have signed to UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on August 13, 1990. It has become clear that the only way that the Chilean government will comply to have Jadon returned to Canada, is if the Canadian government enforces the treaties in which Chile is a signatory of, to returned abducted Canadian children back to Canada.
I am a proud Canadian. I love my country and everything we stand for. I believe our nation is more than capable of turning around the way in which international child abductions are handled, and the way in which Canada holds other countries accountable for the treaties which they have signed with us. It is time that we as Canadians begin to demand these changes. Every child born in Canada deserves the rights this country offers, freedom, safety, health care, education, and most importantly, the right to know who their parents are and to build strong relationships with them. Roberto has been fighting an uphill battle since before the day his baby boy entered this world, and there is little that has been done to aid him in his efforts to bring his son home. We NEED to change this. We NEED to support Roberto as a Canadian father that deserves every right to raise his son. We NEED to begin handling these cases in a way in which we could genuinely look right in Roberto’s eyes and say, we support you and we are doing everything we can to bring your son home. I ask you all to take a moment, and honestly tell yourself if you think you have done enough to help parents in Roberto’s situation. Did you take 5 minutes to forward that petition to change our laws, or did you trash it because it was easier than being aware of the reality that international child abduction is? Did you take 15 minutes to read Jadon’s case, or did you pass it by? Did you take 5 minutes to comment on your support for Roberto, or did you take that 5 minutes to Like the picture of kittens wearing hats? Look in the mirror and ask yourself, have I done all I can do?
Roberto and Jadon both need your help. Please, pass the story on, and encourage others to do the same. Show your support of a father that will do anything to see and know his son. We are capable of that Canada, we have the love and strength and comradely to ensure that every Canadian citizen is allowed the basic rights in which we have built this country upon.
Roxanna Eliana Yanaz Parada
Date of Birth: September 20, 1970
Height: 5’5” Weight: 134 lbs
Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Distinguishing Features: She has a birthmark on her right cheek under her eye. She speaks English and Spanish.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Jadon Alexander Yanez Parada, please immediately contact the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at:
The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at: