A searching family’s journey does not end when their missing child is recovered. The ripple effects of trauma do not end on the recovery date. Law enforcement and advocates are faced with unique challenges in attempting to line up services for a wide spectrum of the victim and their family's needs. This presentation will discuss the challenges in reunification and highlight existing resources.
Examine quality responses for reunification coming from police agencies.
Identify the term “ambiguous loss” and how that emotional state impacts reunification.
Understand the term “learned helplessness” and why it is more accurate to a survivor’s experience than “Stockholm Syndrome”.