In July 2018, the Young Center helped reunify three-year-old Aron** with his mother after a four-and-a-half-month separation. During that time, our Child Advocate visited the toddler in custody; located his mother in adult detention; found an attorney to represent the mother; secured an interpreter to assist his mother and her attorney; and submitted a brief arguing for the child’s reunification with his mother. In early July, the government approved the mother’s release and our request for reunification. When the pair were unexpectedly reunified and dropped off at a bus station without prior notice, Young Center staff and volunteers immediately joined them, bringing food and supplies for their three-day bus ride, and staying in contact throughout the journey and their reunion with extended family.
** Aron's name has been changed to protect his privacy.