‘It's been a long road:' Parents reunite with their kids after regaining custody

Reunification Day is a day that some parents have been looking forward to for a long time.
 
It is a day to honor parents who have worked hard to transform their lives to reunite with their children, to be given a second chance.
 
These parents lost their children to Child Protective Services and have redeemed themselves in hopes of gaining custody of their kids once again.
 
Reunification Day celebrates these parents for recognizing and correcting their mistakes.
 
Parents gathered at the Spokane County Courthouse to bring together their families and celebrate their accomplishments.
 
Meghan, who did not wish to be identified with her last name, got to see her daughter Adaline after a long road to recovery.
 
Meghan’s mom, Kristie, came to Reunification day with her.
 
"It makes me very emotional to see everyone here with their babies and their children.”  Kristie said.  “And knowing how hard they had to work to get here.”
 
In order to regain custody, Meghan and other parents on the road to recovery had to regain control of their lives and prove to the state they could provide their kids with a good home.
 
“It’s been a long road,” Meghan said.  “I’m glad I have her.”
 
Court Commissioner Michelle Ressa said parenting is one of the hardest jobs you can have, but also one of the greatest. 
 
The reunification celebration will continue Saturday, June 17 at Franklin Park for a family potluck.
 

© 2017 KREM-TV


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