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Reconnecting Families

Finding Loved Ones After a Crisis

Armed conflict, international disasters and migration leave millions of people around the globe in urgent need of humanitarian assistance every year. As the world’s largest humanitarian network, Red Cross and Red Crescent teams help reconnect families separated by international crises. Read about twins who reunited after 68 years apart.

The American Red Cross helps reconnect loved ones when:

  • Families are separated internationally as a result of conflict, disaster, migration or other humanitarian emergency.
  • Families have already tried normal channels of communication to reconnect.
  • The family member making the inquiry is able to provide essential information on the sought person.
  • The family member making the inquiry is a relative who had been in direct contact with the sought person before the crisis occurred.
  • Our Restoring Family Links services are free and confidential. We work with you to search for and locate your family and loved ones. But, the American Red Cross does not provide financial assistance for family members as a result of a successful reconnection.

    Learn more: Reconnecting Families FAQs.

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    Find a Family Member Internationally

    To begin a search, contact your local Red Cross chapter—the critical link in your community to the vast network of the global Red Cross Red Crescent network

    You can also call our free national helpline at 844-782-9441 or use the International Reconnecting Families Inquiry Form

    Other Red Cross Services

    Find Family in the U.S.

    If you've been displaced by a recent disaster in the United States—or are looking for a loved one who has been recently displaced— Red Cross’ Safe and Well listings are a good place to start.

    Contact Family in the U.S.

    Assistance for Military Families

    If your military family has an emergency need for communication, Red Cross' Hero Care Center is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    Emergency Communication Services

    The Red Cross Helps Connect Family and Friends Overseas

    The family messages transmitted by the American Red Cross can be very brief, but the three short words "I am alive" may be all that is needed to ease the minds of distraught loved ones half a world away.

    OUR BLOG: Restoring Family Links