Have you lost contact with a loved one?

Topics: Worldwide, Finding Family
August 08, 2013

Have you lost contact with a loved one?

For people who have left their native countries and separated from loved ones, the stress of this situation can be overwhelming at times.

The transition to a new environment can be difficult and may result in increased anxiety for migrants and refugee claimants. Losing regular contact with family members can make these feelings even more pronounced.

As one of the most active non-profit organizations in Canada, the Canadian Red Cross works through the International Red Cross and Red Crescent global family links network to re-establish contact between separated family members and clarify the fate of the missing.

Factors that contribute to losing contact
From the outbreak of armed conflict to natural disasters, health issues, migration or detention, there are a variety of reasons why families may become separated and lose contact with each other.

When communication is affected due to an illness, the Canadian Red Cross can work to obtain a Health and Welfare report on the physical wellness of loved ones.

To begin the process of tracing a missing family member, individuals can reach out to the Canadian Red Cross and provide information on the relative's last known address, as well as his or her full name, date of birth and parentage. Although success cannot be guaranteed, the Canadian Red Cross will work with its international partners until all options have been exhausted.

Take action
With its finding family programs, the Canadian Red Cross helps people in Canada to re-establish contact with immediate family members after separation due to armed conflict, natural disaster, migration and other humanitarian crises.

With the support of Canadians like you, the Canadian Red Cross can continue to help those impacted by hardship. By choosing to donate online or at your local Canadian Red Cross office today, you can provide assistance to people who need it most.