2017 Impact Story


When Tori* agreed to let her young son visit his father in Arizona after spending years apart, she had no idea the battle she would face in getting him back home. The home life in Arizona was dangerous and unstable, yet the father was determined that it was his turn to have the child.

Scared and desperate to get her son back, Tori turned to Prairie State Legal Services for help. Through United Way funded program, Civil Legal Services, Prairie State was able to work with the court system, two sheriffs' departments, an Arizona police department, an Arizona school, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to reunite Tori and her son. 

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