Would like to say, that in Emissary
they had HOURS to prepare for the battle
ITs seems contrived that they DIDNT at least evacuate the children.
Evacuate to where, though? "Hours" isn't much when you're dealing with interstellar travel, which typically takes days or weeks. The Saratoga
's position may have allowed it to reach Wolf 359 in time for the battle, but left it no time to divert to a starbase or unload its civilian personnel to a different ship.