Dear Readers and Supporters -
I am here, completely vulnerable, begging for your help. About a week and a half ago I told you about my dear friend who lost the little girl she was about 60 days away from adopting. This little girl is as close as my niece. She is my children's cousin. As a foster, adoptive, and biological mom but also as an aunt my heart is desperately grieving for this situation that is horrendously sad and impossible at the same time. A little girl, almost 2 with birthday presents waiting for her at her home with her family, was taken away based purely on lies and technicalities. She had lived with her prospective adoptive family for 15 of her 22 months alive. Her 3 siblings and mother are devastated.
Yet because we serve a big God and because I still believe that things like honesty, integrity, and "what's right" will prevail, we sit today with the good potential to get Miss E. back. Unfortunately there is a great cost.
We need $10,000 in the next few days to make this happen. This is on-top of the $2500 that was already paid to intervene that then needed to be diverted to pay for other unexpected legal fees that then resulted in a conflict of interest to continue fighting in the intervention so now the attorney has had to remove herself from the case. Some work had been done and we're very grateful but a lot of the synergy was lost as well - it's almost like starting over. That and the complications of this case lead to such a high fee, to be paid, by a woman who is newly single after spending the last 13 of her 30 years parenting her children as primarily a stay-at-home mom.
We all feel that we can't sit by and not try. We can't look at Miss E. in heaven and say "sorry, we just couldn't afford to fight for you". But coming up with that amount of money in such a short amount of time is impossible on our own. We're digging deep, pulling out whatever credit we can find, but still, the reality is that $10,000 by the end of labor day weekend is huge.
Our God is bigger.
I told Miss E.'s mom yesterday that we should ask for help. She's modest. She doesn't think she knows enough people that will give to help her. I said if 200 people gave $50, that would be $10,000. She said she doesn't think she knows 200 people. I know I have 200 people a day who read my blog, at least (usually more like 300-500). I'm going to post on Facebook for all of my personal friends. Something is better than nothing.
Our God can create something out of nothing.
The next steps for the case will be an attempt toward mediation to see if something can be worked out quickly. This must happen by 9/9 and is why we're in such a hurry.
Can you help with $50? If not $50, $25, $10, $5, or $1? Something?
Please pray for all involved as well.
I've created a donation button on my page and ask that you strongly consider donating to help us get our sweet girl back. Please share this need as well. Miss E has been gone for 2 weeks this Friday. Maybe bringing her home for her birthday will be the best gift yet.
(This child is in the custody of the state. Miss E's mom was a licensed foster parent until she was removed - she was removed on a licensing technicality and based on lies told intentionally to CPS to hurt her mom after she stopped enabling someone with an addiction. I can't share pictures or exact names, even specifics of the situation, in order to preserve the chances to bring Miss E home.)