Global Action on Relocation and Return with Kids


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Supporting parents who have moved abroad and cannot return home with their children.

GlobalARRK is the only charity specialising in helping 'stuck parents'. Made up entirely of volunteers, we currently have coordinators in 10 different countries supporting hundreds of stuck parents in over 35 different countries.
Our mission is to prevent international child residence disputes and reduce their devastating impact on children and their parents by raising awareness about relocating and returning with kids; bringing together and supporting stuck parents around the world and using research to promote a better understanding of the underlying issues behind so-called Parental Child Abduction.
What is a stuck parent?

A stuck parent is a parent who, after moving abroad followed by a relationship breakdown, is unable to return to their home country with their children or is forced to be separated from them because they are unable to remain in that country together.

What all parents need to know BEFORE moving abroad!

Removing a child without permission from a country that has signed up means that one parent can accuse the other of child abduction under this international treaty:

Asha’s Story

My British husband and I decided to move with our two young daughters from the UK to Canada. We dreamed of owning a farm and said we’d try it for two years. Unfortunately within months our marriage broke down and my husband became abusive. I had no one to turn to as we lived in a remote rural area. I took my girls back to the UK but then I was charged with child abduction. I spent £30,000 on court fees but was sent back to Canada with nothing. I feel I am being held hostage, with no money or home. Soon my visa will run out. Then what?

We have a lively Facebook page called 'GlobalARRK: Action on Relocation and Return with Kids. Expat Stuck Parent',  we tweet @GlobalARRK  and of course this website.  

Breaking news...

Read The Economist article "Unhappily ever after: For multi-national families, breaking up can lead to tragedy", featuring stories from some of our stuck parents.