As he describes in his book, the battle was bruising and expensive. However, after six years, Brazil's highest court ruled in favor of the boy's father. Goldman describes:
Sean came home to a home and bedroom that was virtually untouched. My hope and prayers were to re-kindle all the fond and familiar memories we had as a family prior to his abduction. It worked and was very helpful and settling to him.
Sean was very conflicted when we returned home together. He loved and trusted his abductors. He had no choice. But when he returned, he realized that these same people hadn't been truthful. Why did they do this? Why did they say so many things that weren't true?
At first he didn’t call me “Dad,” I think, because to call me Dad again would be to break his allegiance with them. After all, when he called me “Dad” in Brazil the first time we saw each other in many years, it didn't go over too well with them.
However, It didn't take long before calling me “Dad” again just naturally flowed out of his mouth and lifted off another weight that had been placed on his little shoulders.
We celebrated last Christmas with family. We picked out a real tree together, put it up together and decorated it together. We woke up, opened presents and then we went on a little family vacation. It was as good as any Christmas holiday could be.
Did Dad pray?»