Reuniting with your child can be a powerful and emotional event, especially if the reunification takes place after a long
separation. You and your child may experience a wide range of emotions around this important occasion. If needed, your country
officer can help coordinate U.S. and foreign government authorities' involvement in your reunification with your child.
- Reunification Funds – Reunification costs paid by the left-behind parents can be substantial. The Department of Justice's Office for Victims
of Crime (OVC) has established a fund called The Federal Crime Victim Assistance Fund. The National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children (NCMEC) administers the OVC funds for left-behind parents. To learn more about this fund, contact your
country officer and/or NCMEC.
- Reunification Counselors– Many left-behind parents find it helpful to use the services of a reunification counselor to help guide them through the
process. NCMEC has a list of reunification counselors. Please contact NCMEC for further information.
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