Reunification Month is a time to celebrate stories of families overcoming challenges and being reunited with their loved ones. Today, we share the inspiring story of Jessica and Brian, who, after battling addiction, embarked on a path of recovery to regain custody of their daughter, Journey. Through perseverance, determination, and the support of CHS, Jessica and her husband triumphed over adversity and rebuilt their family.

Realizing the impact addiction had on their lives and their family, Jessica and Brian made the courageous decision to seek help and turn their lives around. They recognized that regaining custody of Journey would require a complete transformation, including addressing their addiction, developing coping strategies, and creating a stable and nurturing environment for their daughter’s return.

For the next two years, Jessica and her husband committed themselves wholeheartedly to the process of reunification. They worked tirelessly to overcome their personal battles, participating in rehabilitation programs, counseling sessions, and support groups. It was challenging, but their love for Journey served as a powerful motivation.

Jessica and her husband received invaluable support from CHS and the Guardian ad Litem Program. Mary, their case worker, played a vital role in guiding and assisting the family through the complex process of reunification. Her compassion, expertise, and unwavering belief in their ability to change were instrumental in helping Jessica and her husband navigate the often overwhelming challenges they faced.

“We would have never gotten Journey back if it wasn’t for everybody fighting for us as hard as they did,” said Jessica.

But sometimes, they share, it was a bumpy road. They relied heavily on their support from CHS and the Guardian ad Litem program when they encountered potential roadblocks; this was especially true when the couple felt as though part of their circle was trying to interfere with their success and their ultimate goal of reuniting as a family. Yet, through their determination and steady support from CHS, Jessica and Brian overcame that challenge as well, refusing to allow any obstacle to threaten their future as a family.

The moment Jessica and Brian were reunified with Journey marked a turning point in their lives. With newfound strength and sobriety, they continued to thrive as a family. They welcomed two more children into their lives, and all three siblings are flourishing under their care. They also seized new opportunities and opened their own business, setting the stage for financial stability and independence. Through their determination and hard work, they created a brighter future not only for themselves but also for their children.

Jessica also has an older daughter who lives with her grandparents. Jessica ensures that she remains an integral part of their lives. They maintain a strong bond and involvement, demonstrating that love and familial connections can endure even in the face of challenging circumstances.

Reflecting on her journey, Jessica’s advice to parents facing similar challenges is to keep pushing forward. “Keep doing the right thing, even when you feel like what you’re doing is not good enough because it will pay off,” said Jessica.

During Reunification Month, Jessica and Brian’s story is a testament to the transformative power of recovery, perseverance, and support. Their journey inspires hope and serves as a reminder that, with determination and a strong support system, families can overcome obstacles and build a brighter future together.