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

Connecting with our Family Linking Services

For program information, general inquiries or to become a volunteer, use the International Reconnecting Families Inquiry Form or call us at 202-303-1600.

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.