mation and forms to parents, attorneys, and social workers who request them. Even if the children have been taken to non-Hague countries, it is a good idea to request a packet of materials, because they have useful suggestions for left-behind parents.
The Department of State is limited in what it can do for a left-behind parent. A social worker can be helpful to a left-behind parent by referring the parent to the consular officers and helping that parent remain calm while he or she talks to officials and law enforcement officials. It can be deeply frustrating for the left-behind parent. The parent may feel isolated and powerless at trying to make the machinery of government work to find the child. The materials provided by the government can be extremely helpful, but support and guidance are needed for the adult victims of these crimes. Helping a client to organize a plan of action can be of great assistance for the left-behind parent's success in returning a child. And, in the many cases where the return is impossible, the help of a social worker can be essential.