Connecting Families is a program that facilitates the building of support networks for families who are struggling with issues due to a family member that has gone missing. We connect searching families with a peer similar to them and who have previously experienced a like situation. It is a Canada wide network offering emotional support and encouragement. Connecting Families is not a counseling service but rather a peer support network for families who have experienced traumatic events associated with the effects of dealing with a family member who has gone missing.
The disappearance of a family member creates stressful situations and if this stress escalates, it can have disastrous effects on the family unit. Family members and children, in particular, might mask their true feelings of confusion and fear and soon this behavior becomes a learned response to the crisis and they never truly deal with their negative feelings.
Families that are interested in participating in the Connecting Families program will be sent an application form and confidentiality agreement. These documents are to be completed by the family and returned to Child Find Saskatchewan. The application provides Child Find with helpful information regarding the family, their missing person and the circumstances surrounding the missing person(s) event. This information will assist us connecting two families that have a similar circumstance. In order to participate in the Connecting Families program, participants must have had their missing person registered with enforcement in order to access the services offered within the Connecting Families program. Once all forms and the application are completed and returned, a process will begin where a Child Find Saskatchewan program manager will match the applicant with an appropriate family or parent based on similarity of family dynamics and circumstances.
If you would like to speak someone about the Connecting Families Program, please call Child Find Saskatchewan at 306.955.0070.