reunite started life in 1987, a parent support network formed by parents all trying to navigate their way through the legal minefield of international parental child abduction. We registered as a charity in 1990 and over the years evolved and developed into an information and resource centre. In 1999 we changed our name to reunite International Child Abduction Centre and are now recognised as the leading UK charity specialising in international parental child abduction and the movement of children across international borders.
We operate the only telephone advice line in the UK offering practical, impartial advice, information and support to parents, family members, and guardians who have had their child abducted, as well as parents and guardians who may have abducted their child.
We also provide advice, information and support to parents who fear their child may be at risk of abduction and assist and advise in international contact issues and cases of ´permission to remove´.
Here at reunite we are committed to raising the profile of international parental child abduction on the international stage. We regularly organise and attend conferences across the world to promote the work of reunite, raise awareness of international parental child abduction, and foster close working relationships with governmental departments and non-government organisations, with the aim to better enable a quick resolution in cases of child abduction, that focus on the best interests of children.
We also work closely with the Ministry of Justice, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Home Office and provide specialist training for government departments, lawyers, academics, the police, and others who have a professional interest in international parental child abduction.
reunite provides secretariat support to The All Party Parliamentary Group on Child Abduction
We can also offer parents a truly specialist mediation service, born out of research undertaken by the reunite research unit. Parental child abduction was always believed to be too contentious an issue to benefit from mediation. However, our initial research, and subsequent practice, has shown that with the help of our specialist mediators parents can resolve their issues and come to amicable agreements that best meet the needs of their family outside of a court setting.
The charity is part funded by the Ministry of Justice and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. We also receive funding for specific projects from charities and trusts, as well as raising independent funds.