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Yakima's Family Treatment Court Program Reunites Mother & Daughter

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YAKIMA--A Yakima mother becomes the first graduate of the county's Family Treatment Court program.  Now she is off drugs and has regained full custody of her baby daughter.

Garza's road to sobriety has been long and hard.   Today she crossed the finish line, becoming the first graduate of the year-old program.   About 40 people filled the courtroom at the Yakima County Juvenile Justice Center to honor her achievement.

"I've been struggling with addiction since the age of 12," Garza said.  "This year-long program has given me the ability to find myself and have confidence in myself."

Garza says the desire to be a part of her daughter's life motivated her to get clean after more than 20 years.   She hopes she can be a role model to other people in the program.

Right now 14 parents are working to regain custody of their kids through the family treatment court.

Garza will enroll at Yakima Valley Community College for the winter quarter.  She plans to pursue a degree in social sciences.


 

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