Children separated by hurricanes reunited

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  1. SoccerMomof2boys

    SoccerMomof2boys Red Stick Mom

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    By STACEY PLAISANCE
    Associated Press Writer


    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- When 4-year-old Cortez Stewart was reunited with her mother and five siblings in Texas last week, it closed a happy chapter in the sad story of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

    Cortez represented the last of 5,192 Gulf Coast children listed as missing or displaced after the storms struck more than six months ago. The effort to reunite those youngsters became the largest child-recovery effort in U.S. history.

    The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children worked with the FBI, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Postal Service, Red Cross and other agencies to reunite children separated from their parents or guardians when Katrina hit on Aug. 29 and Rita hit just a few weeks later.

    "I can't say that there aren't a few children that may have been missing and not reported to us, but we received more calls than anyone else did, and all our cases have been resolved," said Bob O'Brien, director of the center's missing children division.



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    cynpat2000 Former Member

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    HOW SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Its amazing how long it took though...But at least their nightmare is over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
     
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    lollipop3 New Member

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    This was an amazing story. It shows real compassion.
     
  5. fran

    fran Former Member

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    This is great news! I'm so happy for all those families and little ones.

    Good job!

    fran
     

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