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One month after his famous quintuplets were born, Oliva Dionne lost custody of them to the Ontario government. Initially, this arrangement was to last for two years, but it was later decided that guardianship of the quintuplets would last until their eighteenth birthday. Oliva Dionne waged an unremitting battle to reverse this decision. On November 17, 1943, he finally brought his nine-year-old girls home. Everywhere, the papers celebrated this family reunion.

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