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When Your Child Comes Home

If your child is returned to you after either a short- or long-term parental abduction, you need to follow a number of steps. The abduction of your child could have a lasting impact on you and your family. The way in which the reunification process is managed has the potential to cause further harm or could help begin a healthy process of recovery. Too often, not enough thought is given to the reunification process. Your family, the police, support people, all need to be a part of this plan and need to understand their role.

If the separation has been for an extended period of time it is important to consult with professionals regarding the reunification process as early as possible. These professionals may include a child psychologist, a play therapist, a forensic paediatrician,, social workers and law enforcement. There are many steps that can be taken to help ensure a successful reunification and to ease your child’s burden.

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