Sompong Reuanthong's Battle to Re-gain Custody of his Children
Sompong Reuanthong arrived in the U.S. from Cambodia 16 years ago with only a 3rd grade education. He comes from a background of spousal domestic abuse and as a result of this abuse his four children were removed and put into foster care. Sompong had to move in with a friend to begin working to recover full custody of his kids.
Sompong attended and completed all Department of Human Service classes and requirements for the purpose of getting his children back in his care. The final hurdle was to provide a stable home before the kids could be returned to him. Sompong entered Hawthorn Hill’s The Home Connection program. He applied and was accepted for The Home Connection program in September of 2009.
Despite Sompong’s continual language and learning barriers, he and his family are doing very well. All of the kids ages 5, 9, 17, and 18 are attending and doing well in school. His oldest graduated from high school and is currently attending DMACC. Sompong works full time (and has for the last 15 years) at Iowa Packing.