In the EU approximately 130 000 international couples file for divorce annually. 23.2% of the cases handled by the hotlines for missing children in 2017 were cases of parental abductions. 55.7% of these cases were cross-border in nature.

The Cross-border Family Mediators Network was launched in 2012 by the Belgian NGO Child Focus and the German NGO Mediation bei internationalen Kindschaftskonflikten (MiKK), with the support of the Dutch Centre for International Child Abduction, in the framework of an EU funded project. The network is based on a training and cross-border family mediation model developed in cooperation with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

In 2014, the coordination of the network was handed over to Missing Children Europe, the European Federation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children which represents 31 organisations from 27 European countries. Missing Children Europe coordinates a network of hotlines for missing children, now operational in 32 countries through the same telephone number 116 000.

As permanent members of the Task Force, MiKK as well as Child Focus, still play an important role in the preparation of the mission, strategy and activities of Cross-Border Family Mediators. Furthermore, MiKK is considered the main partner of CBFM in the creation and organisation of trainings in cross-border family mediation.



REGISTER: Cross-Border Family Mediation Training (CBFM): 13-19 September 2020 Berlin, Germany
50-hour advanced training course aims to qualify practicing family mediators to mediate crossborder family disputes, including international child abduction, access and custody cases. The course will cover the relevant legal aspects of international family conflicts, differences in national family legislation, the 1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions, the Brussels II bis Regulation as well as the best ...

Enhancing the Wellbeing of Children Before, During and After Legal Proceedings of International Child Abduction

Hear me out! The voice of the child in international child abduction cases
Each child should be given the opportunity to be heard in all decisions affecting them, including international child abduction cases. Because the outcomes will, to a large extend, influence the life of the children involved. But it often lacks of knowledge or vision about the best interest of the child in cases of cross-border family disputes. These project results focus on giving information...