Other Agencies that Might Help You Find Family

The purpose of Restoring Family Links is to reunite family members who have lost contact with each other because of conflict, disaster or for circumstances beyond their control (considered on a case-by-case basis). If you believe your request may fall within this last category please contact us.

The Canadian Red Cross cannot:

  • ship prescription drugs to family members in other countries
  • ship money, clothing or other items
  • accept enquiries pertaining to child custody, child abduction or child support
  • accept requests concerning the reunification of adoptees with birth parents
  • facilitate the adoption of children from other countries
  • locate persons to settle an estate
  • accept genealogical searches
  • provide direct advocacy regarding immigration processes.

For links to organizations that may be able to assist in these cases please see below.

Adoption and separated families

Searching for a birth family or relative

International adoptions

  • Child Welfare Information Gateway 
    A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website, it has links for adoption professionals, prospective parents, national adoption registry and databases.

Adoption in Canada

Genealogy

Missing persons

In Canada

  • The Salvation Army
    The Salvation Army operates a free (donation suggested) family search service.

Aboriginal people in Canada

Persons in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Poland and Ukraine

  • The Salvation Army should be contacted in the country of the missing person. They have a presence in many nations.
  • International Soundex Reunion Registry
    An international reunion registry.

The United States

Missing in the UK

  • National Missing Persons Help Line
    A charity organization that concentrates on finding the most vulnerable (young, old, sick). It works with other organizations, both national and international, as well as the police and social services.
  • Look4them.org.uk
    This web site is a portal to several UK-based search organizations. It is a joint effort of nine different organizations, including the British Red Cross. The links include organizations on this list and cover almost all the same search parameters.

Missing in Australia

Missing in Poland

Missing in Ukraine

World War II related information

Canadian Veterans

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    This is the website of the Department of Veterans Affairs of the Canadian Government. The links page is extensive.
  • The Department of National Defence
    This is the website of the Canadian government department responsible for the Canadian military. Useful areas are operations and human resources.

United States Veterans

Holocaust related