Preventing International custody disputes and reducing their devastating impact on children
Our vision is of a world where few families go through international custody crisis but when it does happen they have all the support they need.
Many families move abroad and think that if it doesn’t work out they can simply move back again. However, if one parent wants the child to stay the other must get permission from the local court to allow the child to leave. This application is called Relocation or Leave to Remove. The process can be costly and take many years. If they don’t get the proper permissions and ‘take’ their child they can be accused of International Child Abduction under The Hague Convention. Visa restrictions, unemployment, poverty, language barriers and loneliness can make life impossible for the now ‘Stuck’ parent and child. The parent sometimes has no choice but to return to their home country without their child.
GlobalARRK is the only charity specialising in supporting Stuck Parents
Are you a Stuck Parent?
Have you moved abroad and the other parent forbids you to move with your children to the place you consider home? We offer support to all parents who are unable to return home with their children, or have had to leave their children behind after a relationship breakdown abroad.
We can offer you information, professional contacts and a peer support network. Click below to complete the contact form.
StephIt's the only organization out there that serves this somewhat unique group, and those running it appear competent and motivated.Steph
CarolThis is a brilliant organisation doing its best to help very vulnerable people and they handle everything kindly and professionally.Carol
KarenWhenever I come across a story like mine, the first thing I recommend is GlobalARRK. The only place with so much expertise in this matter, the only place you can communicate with so many stuck/Hague convention parents.Karen
RebeccaThe moment I was linked with GlobalARRK was a turning point for me, I no longer felt as alone as I had.Rebecca
JoannaThe knowledge and resources you provide are amazing but without a doubt, for me, it's the support. I don't know how I would have made it through the last year without the support of GlobalARRK and the other stuck parents, I can't find the words to express my gratitude and love for all of you. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you! XJoanna
MaryIt give hope and the much needed support of others in the same situation, without GlobalARRK I would have been still stuck in feeling like I was the only person in the world going through this nightmareMary
JosieBecause the general public has no clue about this problem and it's hard to find people who understand.Josie
EmmaMoral Support and gaining a better understanding of international law.Emma
AnnieGlobalARRK people are calm and sane in an insane situation.Annie
JackieIt has given me strength and hope knowing that I’m not fighting this alone and that there’s an organisation of people who are fighting this fight. The group gives me strength and support, advice and a place where I can share my experience and feel like I’m helping others. It helps me feel empowered and supported. There’s also all the practical advice and meeting other mums face to face.Jackie
RachelInvaluable moral support, got me in touch with my current lawyer, gave a general advice on the situation, helped me to get in touch with mothers in the same situationRachel
AndreaThe information and knowledge you have provided is beyond what I expected. The contact from you and other parents in my situation has been invaluable, I couldn't have imagined trying to go through this without all of your support and knowledgeAndrea
SarahI am forever grateful to GlobalARRK for supporting me through the most difficult time in my life. They helped find a great solicitor. They also helped me with advice in regards to accommodation and other practical things. What's more important, they have been there for me, giving me emotional support, day or night.Sarah
HelenOnly people who have been through such a horrific experience as we have, or are going through it, truly fathom the pain, fear, feelings of hopelessness and despair. The GlobalARRK team have been there. They really understand. They provided me with non-judgmental practical support and advice. They saved my sanity. I cannot thank them enough for the help they provided me and so many others like meHelen
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The GlobalARRK mission
To prevent international custody disputes and reduce their devastating impact on children and parents ‘stuck’ in a foreign country by raising awareness and connecting parents to support services to meet their needs
Stuck Parent survey
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You can help to bring much needed understanding on this issue.