Victim & Family Support
Victim and family support

Overview

Coping with the traumatic experiences of having a missing or sexually exploited child demands courage and determination from all involved.  NCMEC provides a wide range of support services for victims and their families including peer support, reunification assistance, and mental health referrals.

By the Numbers

Resources

Team HOPE 
A network of volunteers who have personally experienced having a missing or sexually exploited child. These volunteers provide peer support to families of missing, recovered, or sexually exploited children.
 

Reunification Assistance 
NCMEC is available to help families prepare for their child’s needs when children initially reunite with their families or months later. Families in financial need may qualify for transportation at low or no cost to them once their children are recovered. 
 

Professional Support
NCMEC can help families find skilled therapists who are available during every stage to assist with healing and reconnecting. 
 

FAON
The Family Advocacy Outreach Network (FAON) connects victims and families with mental health service providers and other resources within their communities. FAON seeks the expertise of treatment professionals experienced in crisis management for family trauma who are willing to provide therapeutic services pro bono or at a low sliding-scale fee to the families of missing and/or sexually exploited children when insurance cannot cover the family’s needs. For professionals seeking more information about the requirements of becoming a participant in this voluntary network, please contact ALewis@NCMEC.org.
 

Legal Technical Assistance
Child victims may be eligible for restitution. NCMEC helps families navigate the legal system and may be able to provide referrals to experienced attorneys. NCMEC also provides legal technical assistance to families, attorneys, legislators and others, including case specific legal, educational, technical, and related research and analysis, as well as publications, amicus briefs, and other trial related materials.

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WATCH: Team HOPE is a group of ordinary people who one day were forced to live every parent’s nightmare. They know the pain, fear, frustration and loneliness that comes with having a missing or sexually exploited child. With this knowledge and experience, they offer peer support to families of missing and sexually exploited children.