Families of HOPE: Susan Morrow
Susan Morrow was reunited with her children 13 years after they were abducted by their father. Read about her experience in our ongoing series from volunteers with Team HOPE, a peer support program for families with missing or sexually exploited children.
On Nov. 2, 1987, my two children, Monica, 6, and David, 1½, were abducted by their father and taken to Mexico. I did not know about the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. There was no Team HOPE to provide support at that time. I did not know where to turn or what to do.
What I fervently did know was that I would find and be with my children no matter the obstacles. Above all, I vowed I would never give up hope.
During the almost 13 years it took for me to locate and reunite with Monica and David, my journey had many twists, turns and often heartbreaking dead-ends.
For a long time, I was unable to look at or touch my children’s toys and clothes that were left behind. I would drive by the school where Monica had attended kindergarten and start to cry. A child in a stroller would remind me of David.