This is the poignant and heartbreaking tale of Elli, Yitzhak and Avraham.……
These three brothers are 7, 9 and 10 years old; they have a sister who is 2. Their father is addicted to illegal substances. Without forewarning, the mother left her husband and their children.
The father entered a rehabilitation program, and subsequently found employment. A relative helped with the care of the children, but even so, the father could not cope with working full time, staying clean of drugs and looking out for his young children. He was overwhelmed with all he had to deal with.
The Ministry of Welfare, in a mutual decision with the father, concluded that it would be in the best interest of the children if they were to leave their natural home and be placed in an alternative setting. After several months of bureaucratic delays, the three boys entered an Emergency Shelter and the little girl was placed in an establishment for smaller children.
Six months after she abandoned her family, the mother reappeared. She offered neither explanation nor apology over her disappearance. She fantasized that her family would reunite, and maintain a household as they did (on some level) prior to her vanishing. By now, the children and their father had lost all trust in her and learned that she was not to be relied upon.
The three boys moved into Sanhedria in January, 2004