When parents and children are separated for extended periods of time, the reunification process can be painful, challenging, and slow. Bryan Thouvenel, proud father of 3, from Oregon state, is living this now. Bryan is a hard-working, family man, and his three daughters, aged 5, 14, and 17, are his world. Bryan and the mother of his two older daughters have a great Co-Parenting relationship which allows their daughters to feel open and comfortable about having strong relationships with both of their parents. Bryan and his eldest daughter's mother work as a team in order to raise their children regardless of any personal differences they may have.
While Bryan’s two eldest daughters are fortunate enough to have this arrangement, Bryan’s youngest is not so lucky. When she was only two years old, Harmony's mother took her from her father, crossing state lines, with no intent to return. This was a clear attempt to completely sever and break the very close bond between Bryan and his youngest child. Immediately, Bryan took action, looking toward legal counsel in order to regain contact with his daughter and to ensure her safety. Discouraged, heartbroken, and consumed with worry, after receiving little help, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Bryan learned the ropes of the legal system, and he chose to represent himself. Although the whole process was foreign to anything he had previously done, his love and passion gave him the motivation and strength to learn and to do his best in order to protect his daughter and to be the father that his little girl deserved.