MiKK International
Parental Child Abduction
Support Group

MiKK International Parental Child Abduction
Support Group

Facilitated by experienced MiKK Mediators with psycho-social background professions from different cultures and countries, the MiKK International Parental Child Abduction Support (MiPCAS) Groups are a brand-new initiative by MiKK seeking to assist and support all those affected by international parental child abduction. This is an online service offered free of charge by MiKK. The next MiPCAS Group sessions are scheduled for

9th,  12th  and  22nd  July 2024

for the Asia-Pacific MiPCAS Group

 30th  August 2024

Whether you are …

a left-behind parent

a parent who has taken their children abroad without the other parent’s permission

a parent whose children were returned following an abduction by the other parent

yourself a formally abducted child (now an adult)

 The MiPCAS Groups aim to

offer a listening ear, a virtual shoulder to lean on and the chance to share your experiences
with others  who are or were facing the same practical and emotional challenges;
in a confidential, safe, ONLINE environment.

MiPCAS` Mission

The mission of the MiKK International Parental Child Abduction Support (MiPCAS) Groups is to help parents and formerly abducted (adult) children from all over the world to empower each other through exchanging experiences and information in a safe and confidential environment in situations of international parental child abduction and custody disputes.

“I am thrilled to read of the MiPCAS support groups you are starting. This is something I have been pressing for. It is really important initiative – congratulations!”

Professor Marilyn Freeman, Phd

Facilitated by experienced MiKK Mediators with psycho-social background professions from different cultures and countries, the MiPCAS Groups present an informal, safe and confidential online forum for you to share your story, relate your own experiences, offering support or simply listening to others with similar experiences. It is a safe space for you to express your thoughts and emotions without fear of judgment. A space of mutual support which offers the opportunity to find strength in each other’s stories, empathy in shared experiences, helpful information and hope in the journey towards healing. Please note, however, that the MiKK Facilitators do not provide advice, guidance, counselling or therapy!

The MiPCAS Groups offer a unique chance to connect with others in similar situations from all over the world in a confidential, safe online environment supported by MiKK Co-Facilitators.

Join a Group if you want to:

Participation in the Groups is free of charge (thanks to EU co-funding)!

Which MiPCAS Group is right for You?

This new Free Online Service by MiKK seeks to offer support to all individuals affected by international parental child abduction. Groups are limited to 6-8 participants, and 1-2 facilitators.

Four different groups are being offered initially: Left-behind Parents MiPCAS Group, Taking Parents MiPCAS Group, Formally abducted (adult) Children MiPCAS Group and Psycho-educational MiPCAS Group. More groups may be opened up, depending on demand for participants with different experiences.

The Language of the MiPCAS Groups is English (but French, Greek, Polish, Japanese, Arabic, German and Spanish may also be made available if it an absolute requirement and depending on the number of participants requesting this).

Please let us know if you have any questions by e-mailing us at MiPCAS@mikk-ev.org

Different groups • Different Time Zones • International MiKK Facilitators:

MiPCAS Group meetings will be scheduled monthly, typically on a weekday, late afternoons/evenings (Berlin/CET Time). To accommodate participants based in the Asia-Pacific Region, we are happy to announce the opening of the MiPCAS Asia-Pacific Chapter! Group meetings are scheduled indicating both Japan Standard Time (JST) & Australian Western Standard Time (AWST). MiPCAS USA Chapter is being planned so that soon we will hopefully be able to offer a MiPCAS Group for parents or formerly abducted children (now adults) based in the USA. Our MiPCAS Group Facilitators are based in different parts of the world, so please let us know if you have other requirements concerning meeting times, so that we can try to accommodate this.

If the current upcoming dates or groups are not suitable for you, but you are interested in participating in a MiPCAS group in the future then please register via the form below. You will then be automatically notified by e-mail about  future MiPCAS meeting dates.

If you have any questions or comments, we would like to hear from you! Please send us an e-mail to: MiPCAS@mikk-ev.org

MiPCAS Group Meeting Dates

 The upcoming MiPCAS Groups Meeting Dates are as follows:

      • 09thJuly (Tuesday) 2024, at 18:00 Berlin /CET
      • 12thJuly (Friday) 2024, at 18:00 Berlin /CET

Three different MiPCAS groups are offered on those two dates: Left-behind Parents MiPCAS Group, Taking Parents MiPCAS Group and Formerly abducted (adult) Children MiPCAS Group. Upon registration, you will be asked to indicate which group you would like to join.

Psycho-Educational Input MiPCAS Group (mixed groups) with Dr Rebecca Bailey (see below for information)

      •  22ndJuly (Monday) 2024, at 17:00 Berlin /CET

      Topic: Coping Strategies for Parents:

      This session will focus on providing parents with practical coping strategies to manage the stress, anxiety, and emotional turmoil associated with parental child abduction. It will include techniques such as mindfulness, relaxation exercises, and seeking social support.

Asia-Pacific Time Zone MiPCAS Group with Noriko Odagiri, Japan and Douja Elhajj, Australia

      •  30th August (Friday) 2024, at 18:00 Japan/JST/,
        at 17:00
        Australia /AWST

If you are interested in joining a MiPCAS Group, please register via our online registration form below.

Meet Our Facilitators

The sessions of the different MiPCAS Groups are supported by experienced facilitators from the MiKK Network who bring empathy and expertise to every meeting. All facilitators have psycho-social professional backgrounds and are trained MiKK Mediators, specialized in the field of international parental child abduction. The MiKK Facilitators do not provide advice, guidance, counselling or therapy. Each group is facilitated by 1-2 facilitators to ensure comprehensive support and guidance.

MiPCAS Psycho-Educational Chapter

The Psycho-education MiPCAS Group is a mixed group for all parents and formerly abducted (adult) children. The meeting starts with a short psycho-education input session on a particular topic by expert psychologist Dr Rebecca Bailey, and after that participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, enter into discussion on the topic and/or relate their experiences. The aim of the group is to provide participants with valuable psycho-education to support them in navigating the complexities of their situation and to promote the well-being of themselves and their children.

The upcoming Psycho-education MiPCAS Group Meeting Date is

July 22nd  Monday 2024, at 17:00 Berlin (CET)

​Future meetings are scheduled for the following Mondays:

  • September 2nd
  • October 7th
  • November 18th
  • December 16th

Registration for each session will open once the previous session has concluded.

MiPCAS Asia-Pacific Chapter

We are pleased to announce that the MiPCAS Asia-Pacific Group will have upcoming meetings starting in August. These meetings will be scheduled monthly, typically on a weekday late afternoon/evening JST.

The upcoming Asia-Pacific MiPCAS Group Meeting Date is

August 30th  Friday 2024,
at 18:00 Japan /JST,
at 17:00 Australia /AWST

Join a MiPCAS Group Today

If you would like to join a MiPCAS Group to connect with others with similar experiences, then please complete the online registration form below. Please indicate which MiPCAS Group you would like to join.

If the given dates or groups are not good for you, but you are interested in participating in a MiPCAS group in the future then please register via the form below. You will then be automatically notified by e-mail about upcoming MiPCAS meeting dates.

Participation in the International MiPCAS Groups is free-of-charge (EU co-funded) for EU citizens and citizens from all over the world.

Note: Your privacy is important to us. All information provided will be kept confidential and used solely for the purpose of facilitating your participation in our support group.

Please let us know if you have any questions by e-mailing us at MiPCAS@mikk-ev.org and we hope to see you in the MiPCAS Groups!

Online Registration Form

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By ticking this box, I confirm my registration for the following free-of-charge MiPCAS Group meeting:
Note: The Psycho-education MiPCAS Group is a mixed group for all parents and formerly abducted (adult) children. The meeting starts with a short psycho-education input session on a particular topic. The aim of the group is to provide participants with valuable psycho-education and support them in navigating the complexities of their situation. Read more below the registration form.
Please choose the group that best describes your situation:
By ticking this box, I confirm that the above-mentioned dates or groups do not work for me, but I am interested in participating on other dates or in other groups.
Have you attended any MiPCAS Group meetings before?

Personal Information

Contact Information

Support Group Information

(please provide a brief description of your situation and what you hope to gain from the support group. All information will be treated strictly confidentially.)
Your Preferred Language for Communication - if you would prefer to communicate in a language other than English
Note: The primary language of service is English. If English is not spoken, French, Greek, Polish, Japanese, Arabic, Hindi, German, Chinese, Mandarin and Spanish and Japanese may also be available, subject to absolute necessity and the number of participants requesting these languages. We are collecting this data to determine which language groups to organize based on participant needs.

Additional Information

How did you hear about MiPCAS Support Group?
Have you participated in a mediation referred to by MiKK?
Would you like more information on cross-border family mediation services provided by MiKK?
Declarations
* you can read and download the guidelines of MiPCAS Groups below this form

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Please read and accept the Guidelines for MiPCAS Groups.

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