Thursday, 21 January 2016

Reunite to offer counselling service

Reunite International Child Abduction Centre are a registered charity based in Leicester, UK.

Currently each year, they offer hundreds of affected parents, grandparents and other family family members support, information and contacts through their advice line and they understand how painful it can be for anyone who is going through the trauma, isolation and emotional damage that can be caused by international parental child abduction and alienation. In 2014, there were over 17,000 calls made through their advice line

They are looking to compliment this advice line and mediation with a bespoke counselling service, so they would really like to know the thoughts of affected families and share their ideas.

 If you have any thoughts on what you would like to see from a counselling service please let them know by calling their advice line on 0044 (0)116 2556 234 or send them an email at

I believe that a counselling service would be a major step forward in tackling this very serious problem (a) if it is embraced and supported by the family courts and authorities. (b) Also if the focus is on providing a solution of ALL involved. eg.

1) To support parents and families who are coping with the loss of the child through parental child abduction or alienation

2) To provide counselling to the abducting parent with a clear message of the emotional damage they could be causing through their actions to their child as well as the other parent and family.

3) To the child who is having to cope with the loss of a parent and family through no fault of their own. They are literally having the love of half of their family stolen from them

I can envisage that in many cases, the abducting parent will object to any counselling from the charity for them or their child so I believe that it is essential that the courts and authorities support this type of service.

Steven Monk-Dalton

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