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.

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Thank you!

Thank you for supporting our Christmas hardship fundraiser, we raised £1,049! All of this money will be distributed to stuck parents living in hardship this year.

Petition on the Hague Convention 2023

Roz from GlobalARRK and Ruth from FiLiA presented the Secretary General of the HCCH Dr. Christophe Bernasconi with a petition to improve the Hague Convention for vulnerable families and victim survivors of Domestic Abuse. As a result Mr Bernasconi pledged to hold a new Forum to openly discuss these issues in June 2024. GlobalARRK and FiLiA will be on the steering committee so watch this space for developments in 2024!

GlobalARRK to offer new course in April 2024… The Recovery Toolkit: A 12 week group program to support recovery from Domestic Abuse Have you left an abusive relationship? Are you still carrying guilt? Would you like to understand, challenge and remove the voice of the perpetrator? Do you still think what happened to you was your fault? Do you find dealing with new people in your life something to be scared about? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to the above questions you are not alone.


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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

Knowledge is power! If you are a stuck parent please join hundreds of stuck parents in adding your experiences to our anonymous survey.

You can help to bring much needed understanding on this issue.