Finding Emotional Support
Abduction can take a huge emotional and financial toll on left-behind parents. You may experience a wide range of emotions including betrayal, anger, anxiety, depression, and a sense of loss. You may also feel helpless as you tackle the unfamiliar legal and cultural practices of a foreign country. It is important to take care of yourself as you work to secure your child’s return. We encourage you to seek counseling or support services where you can.
You may find emotional and practical support through the following channels, however please note: Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply an endorsement of their contents.
Peer Support Groups
Organizations like Take Root or Team Hope can connect you to other left-behind parents who can provide invaluable support during this painful period.
- Take Root - 1-800-Root-Org (1-800-766-8674) or www.takeroot.org
- Team Hope - 1-866-305-HOPE (1-866-305-4673) or www.teamhope.org
- Child Abduction Resource Center: www.globalmissing.com
- Child Find of America, Inc.: www.childfindofamerica.org
- Child Protection Education of America: www.find-missing-children.org
- Child Quest International: www.childquest.org
- Committee for Missing Children, Inc.: www.findthekids.org
- Find the Children: www.findthechildren.com
- National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: www.missingkids.com/
- National Fathers' Resource Center: www.fathers4kids.com/html/home.htm
- National Missing Children Center: www.childsearch.org/
- Parent International, Inc.: www.parentinternational.com/
- Polly Klaas Foundation: www.pollyklaas.org/
- Sanctuary for Families: www.sanctuaryforfamilies.org
- The Office of Refugee Resettlement Administration for Children and Families www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/
What You Can Do
Contact the Authorities
Locate Your Child
State Departments Role
Steps You Can Take on Your Own
Learn about the Hague Abduction Convention & Local Laws
State Department's Role
Steps You Can Take On Your Own
What is the Hague Abduction Convention?
Explore Your Legal Options
Prepare for Reuniting with Your Child
Office of Children's Issues at the U.S. Department of State
Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.