Aftercare for families of the no-longer-missing?

An interesting idea out of Wales: they’ve launched a pilot scheme to provide social support for families where a person had gone missing but then returned home alive:

“We have recognised that when a person comes back there can be a whole new set of problems and issues that can arise from that.

“In some circumstances, it can be like having a stranger in the house.”

I am reminded of the comment I’d copied into this blog entry, where the woman said her brother’s disappearance continued to traumatize the family even after his return, they couldn’t reconnect and the family never forgave him for leaving.

On the face of it, this seems like a good idea. I do however wish the article was more specific about just what kind of social support will be provided. Family therapy? Individual therapy for the not-missing-anymore person and those relatives that want it? Maybe job training and education, if it’s someone who ran away and was living on the streets or whatever?

2 thoughts on “Aftercare for families of the no-longer-missing?

  1. ilovetrash April 19, 2015 / 3:08 am

    i think it would be really good to have something like a centralized number where people who don’t wanna be found but, at the same time don’t wanna traumatize their relatives, can call without fear of being given up, or judged, or any particular negative thing. i think some of these cases might be solved in that manner. as a member of the voluntary once-missing, i understand some of this pretty well & considered putting something like this sort of hotline together myself. i wish i knew how to do it— or maybe some similar already exists & needs only be publicized?

    —kafkette

    • Meaghan April 20, 2015 / 2:45 am

      There is, or was, such a hotline for teen runaway to call.

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