This page contains information about becoming a member of Take Root's Support Branch program for individuals who were abducted as children. If you were not
abducted as a child but would like to assist Take Root, please click here instead.
You qualify for
membership in Take Root's Support Branch Program if:
- You were physically hidden from
- You were taken by someone who was, or who you came to perceive as being, a family member
- You are currently age 18 or older.
on a journey to understand how your past might be affecting you
today requires courage, but you won't be alone. Every single
Member of Take Root was hidden as a child. Each of us has a
different story and set of circumstances, but we do share much
in common....including being surprised to find a community where having been abducted is
Our members discover common ground whether taken
by an abusive parent or to escape an abusive
parent; by mother, father, or someone who became theonly family you had; as an infant or
as an older child; with siblings or
settled under a new identity or constantly on the move....
° Was your name
° Do you still struggle with
issues of identity?
° Is your childhood among the long list of
° Were you forced to lie?
° Were you a child protecting your "care-taker"?
° Did you lose
of who you could depend on?
° Are you still trying to work out your relationship with your parent(s)?
° Do you continue to
feel isolated, or haunted by your abduction?
you physically or sexually abused?
° Does having been abducted change how you parent?
you surprised to see other folks talking about being abducted?
are examples of the types of common experiences
Take Root Members share and discuss.
Our project has an additional mission beyond
personal healing. Very little is known by missing child service
providers, or by family members, about the lasting repercussions
of a childhood abduction and the issues with which abducted
children continue to struggle in adulthood. The unique insight
provided by members participating in our Support & Advocates
Network program is helping to shape treatment and services and resources
available for today's generation of parentally abducted children,
their families, and the professionals who assist them. Take Root
provides our Support & Advocates Network Members with the
opportunity to put difficult personal experiences to constructive
Confidentiality is very important to
us. Whenever you see the name of a Member featured in Take Root
materials, it is with that Member's expressed consent. Some of
our Members do choose to participate in public speaking or sharing in order to raise issue
awareness, but that is an individual choice and it is not
necessary to go public in order to participate in and make a valuable contribution
to Take Root.
TO BECOME A MEMBER OF TAKE ROOT'S
SUPPORT BRANCH PROGRAM:
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If you would like to learn more about the
experience of joining Take Root, we suggest you read
"Doing Fine," an article written by
Founding Member and Public Affairs Coordinator Sam McClain
about his initial reluctance to join, or
"Belonging" by Take Root member Rebekah, about what finding Take Root meant to
note from Take Root Executive Director
and Member Liss:
I spent my life until age 33 reconciled to the idea that
people's jaws would drop when I told my childhood story. It
was my jaw that dropped the first time I told
it and heard someone say "me, too" in response. I had
a very different abduction story than the young woman I was
speaking to, but there were many common threads - including
challenges we had faced in adulthood. It was such a phenomenal
relief to be able to talk to someone who'd been there! And,
because of that, I was blown away that there were hundreds of
thousands of cases of abductions by family members every year, yet NO
identifiable resources or support for those abducted. Starting
a comprehensive program became a mission.
As I started meeting others who had been abducted, they made
their mission, too.
Take Root officially started in March , 2002, with a group of
nine. We were 40 strong by January, 2003, when we successfully
obtained a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and
Delinquency Prevention. As of this writing, over 200 former abducted childrne have participated. And we are growing every day.
It can be overwhelming to suddenly be in contact with people who
are all talking about a childhood abduction experience. Keeping
our mission in mind can help you find your way as you bring into
the open a story you may be used to keeping secret.
Participating as a Member in Take Root programs not only
provides you with support it also allows you to
contribute. Currently our voice - and its understanding of child
abduction from the child's perspective - is (pun intended)
missing in the field of missing and exploited children. That
needs to change. Together, we can make a difference in the types
of services available to individuals and families impacted by
parental abduction. Together, we can do more than recover
missing children - we can help missing children recover!
Take care and Take Root!
Melissa "Liss" Haviv
Executive Director, Take Root