Maricopa County honors families brought back together after separation

Posted at 9:09 PM, Jun 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-12 08:36:06-04

Maricopa County honored families who have been reunited with their children at a ceremony Saturday.

The third Reunification Day, as it is called, celebrates the parents who, after going through hard times, were able to take custody of their children from foster care.

One woman said her husband died, sending her down a path of addiction. However, now she is back with her daughter and has been sober for two years.

"We're almost at a year now that we've been back together," said Kelly Tharp. "It's been just fantastic. It's the best feeling in the world when the judge tells you 'You've done a great job and you can have your daughter back now.'

The event celebrated the efforts of 13 families in Maricopa County, which is one of many communities across the country holding a Reunification Day during the month of June. 

From July 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015, officials said 2,057 children in Arizona's foster care system were reunified with their families. 

The state foster system currently has about 13,200 children, according to a spokesperson.