Further measures

Tracing service

When compulsory social measures and placements were ordered and implemented, many of the people concerned were forcibly removed from their families and placed in homes or with foster or host families, or made to work in factories or on farms. Often children were separated from their brothers and sisters, and in some cases, they have still not been able to find them again. Some children who were the subject of "compulsory adoptions" (the forced removal of children from their parents and their release for adoption) are still trying to trace their biological mothers, and these mothers are still searching for their children. In other words, there are still cases in which victims and other persons affected are trying to trace their family members.

Below you will find a summary in German and French with valuable information on tracing services that will help those affected to find their relatives. You will find the relevant links in the PDF document.

Self-help assistance (self-help projects)

Many persons affected by compulsory social measures and placements currently find it difficult to obtain the particular information they need and to find suitable opportunities that allow them to get ahead with their lives. In particular, they may be looking to discuss their experiences with others in a similar situation, to enrol on a personal development or vocational training course, or to make more of their existing professional potential (self-help assistance). The CSMPA provides for the Federal Office of Justice to fund projects for these purposes that are run by organisations for the victims or persons affected by CSMP. The CSMPO governs additional details of these projects.

The factsheet below contains a summary of the requirements and further useful information on how to set up one of these projects. The CSMP Unit will be pleased to provide further information and advice.

If you are interested in setting up a self-help project, we would recommend that you contact the CSMP office early on to make an appointment for a preliminary meeting.  

Applications for financial assistance for self-help projects may be submitted on 31 March and 30 September of each year. You will find the required documents under the following links:

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