Restoring Family Links Services

  • Restoring Family Links
When a conflict or disaster strikes, families can become separated with no way of contacting each other. When they do not know where to turn the International Family Tracing Services can help. Free of charge, these services give families separated by armed conflict or disaster a way to restore contact.

    International Family Tracing Services include:

  • Locating missing loved ones
  • Exchanging family messages
  • Making family welfare inquires during and after disasters overseas
  • Making health and welfare inquiries about family members around the world in non-disaster times
  • Securing travel documents from the International Committee of the Red Cross to reunite separated family members
  • Providing information and referral services when another agency can better meet a particular need.

Each year, the American Red Cross delivers an average of 4,000 messages between family members separated by armed conflict or disaster. Through partnership in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the American Red Cross traces over 1,000 people each year for family members.

When armed conflict or disasters forces people to leave their countries, it can leave family members asking, “Where is my sister…brother…mother…father?” and “are they alive?” The American Red Cross provides tracing services so that families overseas can search for the answers.

This is a free and safe service that the Red Cross provides and they have skilled caseworkers ready to assist you. Please don’t hesitate to contact your local Red Cross chapter for more information or Family Tracing assistance.

For assistance with Restoring Family Links services, please call (801) 323-7000.