one parent's experience
Hannah is the namesake of our organization and the continued inspiration for our work. She reminds all of us, every day, of the importance of a safe and secure routine for the children of divorce and separation. And she inspires us to protect children from the trauma she suffered.
Hannah was two years and four months old when her father abducted her. She was gone for almost exactly four years. During that time Hannah’s mother and two sisters struggled with fear, depression and despair. They tried to cope with the alternating hope that Hannah would be found and the grief that she was lost to them forever.
Hannah had to go through dramatic changes when she was abducted, on the run with her father for four years, and again when she was finally found. Everything about her life kept changing, with no warning, and she had no say in it and no control over it.
Upon her return to her mother's home, Hannah showed a remarkable resilience as she struggled to accept and understand what was happening, and what had happened, to her. And she did so with the loving support of her mother and sisters, as well as a supportive relationship with a psychologist who worked with Hannah as she worked to adjust to her new life.