LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - Maria Sanchez, 28, wants nothing more than to have her kids back. Sanchez is a mother of two. She's been recovering from addiction with the help of the Webb County family drug court.
"(Spanish translation) I want to be a better mother, I want to prove to them I can do this and I really want them to be with me."
Since it began in 2010, over 100 families have been reunited. The family drug court helps the parents of children who are under watch by child protective services. Everyone in the program goes through numerous drug tests, treatment and does community service work. This program is an alternative to incarceration and strives to keep families together. With each step the parents complete, they are rewarded.
"With time with the children in a public place. Maybe sometimes we take them to the bowling alley, we take them to McDonalds where they can spend some times with their kids. We try to provide those incentives to them so that way they have a reason to continue working towards that goal."
Maria has been in the drug court program for nine months. In two weeks, she'll graduate. She's looking forward to her new life.
"It helps you become a different person, be useful in life, be better parents to the children and to accomplish what some people would believe to be impossible."
May is National Drug Court Awareness Month.