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County Commission celebrates family reunifications

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Updated: 6/19/2013 9:38 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- Every month, as many as 350 kids pass through Child Haven, the facility charged with housing abused or neglected children. But the success stories deserve attention, too.

June is National Reunification Month, a time to celebrate families and all those working on their behalf.

Lisa McGee isn't afraid of a little hard work as she patiently rehabs the swimming pool at her west Las Vegas home.

But the manual labor is nothing compared with the personal battle she fought and won.

“I know they didn't think I was going to make it, but I did,” she said. “I didn't think I was going to make it either, I cried and cried and cried.”

McGee is a recent graduate of Drug Court, a necessary step before reunification with her three youngest children.

These were kids who spent time in the foster system when both parents were deemed unfit. But that's all in the past, and McGee has plenty to look forward to.

McGee is just one success story. Last year the Department of Family Services helped reunite more than 1,200 families. Many of those kids went through Child Haven.

The Clark County Commission recognized some of the community partners who've made a difference on Tuesday.

Fred Schultz is CEO of Positively Kids, which helps foster parents manage chronic health issues for kids in their care.

“A lot of times a family has a difficult time with a tracheotomy, what to do with a child who is developmentally delayed, what to do with a special feeding tube, so we have nurses available 24 hours a day,” Schultz said.

And the help goes beyond medical. You'll also find Healthy Minds on the Child Haven campus -- psychologists specializing in helping families heal emotionally.

“Children do better when they are with their families,” said Dr. Luis Guevara of Healthy Minds. “Even when there might be a negative situation which occurs, if it's possible that's what we work toward.”

The McGees will be honored at a special reunification dinner this week.
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