Reconnecting Families

Find Family Internationally 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 a truly worldwide network, the volunteers of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent are able to help families reconnect.

The American Red Cross helps reconnect loved ones separated internationally when:

  • Families have been separated internationally as a result of conflict, disaster, migration or other humanitarian emergency.
  • Families have 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.
  • The Reconnecting Family Links program is a free and confidential service. 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.

    Connecting With Our Services

    Begin a Search
    To begin a search, contact your local Red Cross – the critical link in your community to the vast network of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent.
    Program Information
    For program information and general inquiries use the International Reconnecting Families Inquiry Form. Or call: 202-303-1600.

    The Red Cross Helps Connect Family and Friends


    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.



    Read About the Families Reunited by the Red Cross

    Other Red Cross Services

    Reconnecting US-based Families

    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, the Red Cross Safe and Well listings are a good place to start.

    See Contact Loved Ones, Family in the US

    Assistance for Military Families

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

    Emergency Communication Services

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