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Mothers Apart From Their Children

Who we support

Our members are mothers who are apart from their children for many different reasons and who are in various circumstances. Levels of contact can vary. Some of our members have no contact, others have regular shared contact. Some see their children, others are only able to speak to their children over the phone, skype, Facebook, text or email.

Whatever your circumstances, MATCH is here to support you.

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Abducted children

If your child has been abducted without their father having complied with the law by an application for Leave to Remove and is now living in another country, MATCH understands. You may still be suffering from the shock of realising that you child is not coming home or trying to get through each day as you look for ways to be reunited. If your child has been abducted to a country that has or has not signed up to the Hague Convention, we understand that you will need support as you negotiate your way through the complex process required to have your child returned.

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Religious and cultural

In a multi-cultural society there are many inter-faith relationships and when these break down the cultural and religious differences between parents and families can become a source of conflict. Difficulties can also occur when a marriage breaks down between parents who share the same religious and cultural beliefs. This can lead to mothers experiencing isolation and rejection from their family unit, in addition to the loss of day to day motherhood. Whatever your circumstances, MATCH members understand how it can feel like you are alone as a mother apart and we can support you whatever your family situation.

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Personal reasons or choice

We understand that sometimes life throws up twists and turns in personal circumstances which may lead some mothers to choose to live apart from their child. Maybe you left the family home because you felt you could not live there anymore or you needed to develop yourself personally or professionally.
It could be that you intended to return to your child or set up home elsewhere but by the time you were ready for your child to join you, the precedent had been set and your child stayed in the family home. Some mothers simply feel that full time motherhood is not for them.
In MATCH we do not judge the reasons why women live apart from their children. If you join MATCH you will find a place to freely express how you feel and an opportunity to develop strategies to live unashamedly with the day to day life of being a mother apart.

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