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Missing Children Publication Hub

Family Support

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What about me? Coping with the abduction of a brother or sister (by US Department of Justice)

Each year, there are more than 58,000 non-family abductions and more than 1 million children are reported missing. This is a staggering number, but it doesn’t include the other young victims—the sisters and brothers of those who have been abducted. These overlooked children suffer the loss of their sibling. Their lives are turned asunder, and family patterns are irrevocably changed.
This publication is the effort of those who have lived the nightmare of losing a sister or brother. Eight siblings joined with the Office of Justice Programs to write this guide. During its creation, these siblings spoke eloquently and from their hearts about the need for a resource for left-behind children whose needs are often overlooked. At the time of the abduction, these siblings said they felt isolated and overwhelmed by their emotions. They rarely found the support they needed to deal with the gaping loss they faced. Their determination to prevent other young people from experiencing this trauma is to be applauded. In every page of this guide, their compassion shines through.
The U.S. Department of Justice, through its Office of Justice Programs, is honored to support this valuable effort for the population of siblings who have been left behind. I feel certain that the words of encouragement and insight the authors of this guide have shared will be meaningful to these children.


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