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Reunification Assistance


NCMEC assists many families, like the one above, reconnect and rebuild after reunification.

When children are recovered, many families need assistance reintegrating them back into the home. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children pioneered and coordinates a model program to assist families in the reunification process. This assistance can be immediate and temporary or long term.

Travel assistance

Families in financial need may qualify for transportation at no cost to them once their children are found. Domestic reunification assistance is coordinated by NCMEC and provided through NCMEC’s transportation partners including American Airlines™, Amtrak and Greyhound®. NCMEC’s Victim Reunification Travel Program, offered in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime, funds international travel for a missing child’s parent or guardian to attend a custody hearing or be reunited with a child located in another country when the family cannot pay to travel. To learn if you qualify for travel assistance, please call 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678).

Therapeutic assistance

NCMEC can help families find skilled therapists who are available during every stage of reconnecting and rebuilding, whether when children initially reunite with their families or months later. For information regarding this assistance call NCMEC at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

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