Reconnecting Families

  • The Restoring Family Links blog is in support of the work done by the American Red Cross Restoring Family Links program which helps find family members separated by crisis, conflict, or migration. This is a personal blog, so all opinions are of authors, not of the American Red Cross.
    Red Cross Tent at Night
  • In June 2012, the American Red Cross helped Emmet Larry, an immigrant from Liberia, reconnect with his sister through a Red Cross Message after being separated for more than 22 years.


    Liberia siblings torn apart by war are reunited by the Red Cross
  • The Red Cross has assisted in uncovering the fates of more than 13,500 people since tracing began in Bosnia & Herzegovina, and continues to provide support to families torn apart by the wars in the Former Yugoslavia.


    Former Yugoslavia
  • Separated almost 75 years by WWII, childhood friends Gunter Ullmann and Elfie Haas were reunited with help from the Red Cross in May 2012. "We'll get to know each other again and see what the future will bring," Ullmann said.


    Gunter Ullmann and Elfie Haas
The chaos and confusion that accompany war and disaster can separate families when they need each other most. Whether it’s been weeks or years, the American Red Cross of Georgia can help you find and reconnect with loved ones around the world after natural disasters, armed conflict, migration, or other humanitarian emergencies.

American Red Cross caseworkers around the U.S. help families locate missing relatives. Annually the American Red Cross assists more than 5,000 families trying to reconnect with their loved ones in the U.S. and around the world.

Here's a partial listing of Restoring Family Links Program services:

Certificates of Detention
Specific to the Persian Gulf War in the early 1990s. Used to request documentation that someone was visited by the ICRC while in detention.

Tracing Inquiries
Used to locate family members separated internationally by armed conflict and other humanitarian emergencies. Also used to clarify or document the fate of relatives missing due to armed conflict.

Holocaust and WWII Tracing and Documentation
Families continue to be separated as a result of WWII and many survivors look to the Red Cross to locate missing loved ones and find documentation on their own and their relative’s war time experiences.

International Disaster Inquiries
International Disaster Inquiries are used to assist family members who have lost communication after the occurrence of a major natural disaster such as an earthquake or typhoon.

Migration leaves millions of people around the globe in urgent need of humanitarian assistance every year. American Red Cross caseworkers at local chapter offices help families locate missing relatives that have been separated due to migration.

How can you contact a local program representative? .

If you or someone you know has been separated from their loved ones internationally, or for additional information on the program and eligibility for services, please contact Carla Dillard Homer at (404) 575-3136 or