Many families temporarily separate during the process of coming to Canada. The length of separation is often longer than anticipated and prolonged by immigration, employment and income issues.
The longer the separation, the harder it is to maintain strong family ties, roles and supports. Reunification can be joyful, but it can also be filled with tension, as family members adapt to each other anew and settle in a new country. Children and youth are particularly vulnerable, and may have difficulty re-establishing relationships with their parents.
In 2011, Toronto Public Health launched the Reunification Adaptation Program (RAP) with ten newcomer-serving agencies to provide peer support groups for adults and youth who were dealing with family separation and the challenge of reunification.More information and resources from RAP can be found
Read more about the findings from RAP at here.