Success Stories

“The Center gave me a chance to be a father.”

Lucas* always wanted to be a part of his daughter Mia’s* life. But, Mia’s mother and her family did not share his plan. Starting from her birth, they tried at every turn to keep Lucas out of her life. Driven by his love for Mia, Lucas sought help from the Harriett Buhai Center for Family
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Stopping the Lethal Threat to Her Children

“Daddy has a gun!” Renata’s* 10-year- old son blurted out when she picked him and his two brothers up from their dad’s custody.  Her son found the gun in their bedroom dresser drawer and took photos of it. That day, the boys had been left alone until after midnight.  Alarmed when she saw the photos,
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“The Center was a lifesaver for me and my son.”

It’s been a long struggle for Martin* and his son, Eddie* but thanks to the Harriett Buhai Center they are thriving together as a family at last. They live in their own home now instead of shelters, and Martin has permanent custody of his son. Martin has high hopes for Eddie, a middle schooler, who
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“I am beyond thankful.”

Smart and determined, Alena*, a young Latina woman, graduated high school with a newborn son and got her college degree as a single parent. Throughout this time, she suffered severe abuse from her child’s father and lax response from the police despite having a restraining order. After her child’s father tracked her down and brutally
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“My only option for help was the Harriett Buhai Center.”

Michael* found the baby’s picture on social media and thought she might be his daughter. With the advocacy of the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law team of lawyers, Michael was able to prove he was her dad. This year marks the first Father’s Day Michael spends with his daughter, Zoe*. Finances Drove Them Apart
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