Protecting Katie

$1,030 of $15k goal

Raised by 22 people in 30 months
Patricia Hughes   HANNA, WY
My step daughter Katie came home from a visit from her biomom. She told us that the biomom's boyfriend physically hurt her. We need to file an emergency petition with the court to keep Katie safe. We need the money so we can have a lawyer to help us. Without a lawyer, Katie may have to go live with her biomom and boyfriend. My husband and I are terrified about Katie being hurt again. She is 5 years old and can't protect herself. She is counting on my husband and I to protect her. We can't do that without a lawyer. Please help us protect an innocent child.

We don't have physical evidence. We only have the word of our kiddo. This situation makes me concerned that there isn't justice for kids. If we don't get a lawyer, and biomom's parents (who have lots of money) get biomom and attourney we could lose the most important thing in the world to us.
+ Read More
Update 5
30 months ago
My husband and I spent yesterday doing all that we could to make Katie feel loved before she had more parenting time with biomom.
+ Read More
Update 4
30 months ago
We still need help. Anything you can spare to help keep Katie safe is appreciated.
+ Read More
Update 3
30 months ago
There is a person who is intent on shutting this down because he doesn't know me or my family. If I wasn't in dire straits needing an attorney, I wouldn't have posted this. We are looking at needing a $7500 retainer for a lawyer in Ft Collins. We've called around, that is what it will cost. We have contacted CPS in Colorado and Wyoming. They have done nothing. We took kiddo to a doctor. We informed her therapist and school teachers on what she told us. We are doing the best we can to keep our child safe.
+ Read More
Update 2
30 months ago
It seems that there is a troll that doesn't believe me. I am spending all my resources trying to keep my little one safe. Kiddo has been upset by spending time with her biomom, because biomom chooses not to keep her safe. My husband and I moved to Wyoming where he works in law enforcement. He knows just how well state services are run for children here. We need a family lawyer in Ft Collins to make sure that biomom can only have supervised visits and won't have kiddo around people with DV arrests. The only scam is the lonely little troll who is attacking me and my family. This isn't about me, this is for my kiddo only.
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update
Help spread the word!
 178 total shares
Patricia Hughes
30 months ago

Since the abuse happened in Colorado, it would be out of the Hanna Marshall's jurisdiction. The custody case isn't in Wyoming. It is in Colorado where the divorce happened. The lawyers in Fort Collins want a $7500 retainer. If we had physical evidence, this would have been much easier. We trust our little one.

+ Read More
Jennifer Brown
30 months ago

There has GOT to be a child welfare service that will act on behalf of your step daughter regardless of her age. You also need to report this to the authorities. You need to have it documented. Every single time she tells you the boyfriend hurt her you go to a 3rd party and report it. The more unbiased documentation you have, the better. If you can get her into a doctor to check for bruising, scratches etc...have pictures taken, plus have it documented EVEN better!! I know this seems extreme but if you want to save your step daughter from trauma and harm this is the most effective way. There are also possible lawyers that will work pro-bono for you. Check with local child services and local law schools. I hope some of this helps.

+ Read More
Kelley Sanderson
30 months ago

This is a very real, very dire situation, verified by me. It sucks that it takes money to keep a child safe, but that's our system. Please donate if you can, even small amounts add up quickly, and if everyone shares this fundraiser on their pages (facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc.) more eyes will see it. Thanks!

+ Read More

$1,030 of $15k goal

Raised by 22 people in 30 months
Created February 14, 2014
JF
$50
Jonathan fisher
23 months ago

What a tragedy! Please do what you can to help her.

+ Read More
EM
$20
Erin Marc
30 months ago
$25
Anonymous
30 months ago
$100
Anonymous
30 months ago
$100
Leslie Simmons
30 months ago

Children should always be safe.

+ Read More
$100
Anonymous
30 months ago
$100
Anonymous
30 months ago
PF
$5
Phyllis Foster
30 months ago

I wish it could be more. No child should ever be mistreated in any way.

+ Read More
RC
$10
River Curtis-Stanley
30 months ago

I wish this could be more, but as it is, I'm already touching what can't be touched. Good luck to Katie and to you. I'll share this everywhere I can.

+ Read More
$20
Jo Lux
30 months ago
Patricia Hughes
30 months ago

Since the abuse happened in Colorado, it would be out of the Hanna Marshall's jurisdiction. The custody case isn't in Wyoming. It is in Colorado where the divorce happened. The lawyers in Fort Collins want a $7500 retainer. If we had physical evidence, this would have been much easier. We trust our little one.

+ Read More
Jennifer Brown
30 months ago

There has GOT to be a child welfare service that will act on behalf of your step daughter regardless of her age. You also need to report this to the authorities. You need to have it documented. Every single time she tells you the boyfriend hurt her you go to a 3rd party and report it. The more unbiased documentation you have, the better. If you can get her into a doctor to check for bruising, scratches etc...have pictures taken, plus have it documented EVEN better!! I know this seems extreme but if you want to save your step daughter from trauma and harm this is the most effective way. There are also possible lawyers that will work pro-bono for you. Check with local child services and local law schools. I hope some of this helps.

+ Read More
Kelley Sanderson
30 months ago

This is a very real, very dire situation, verified by me. It sucks that it takes money to keep a child safe, but that's our system. Please donate if you can, even small amounts add up quickly, and if everyone shares this fundraiser on their pages (facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc.) more eyes will see it. Thanks!

+ Read More
  Use My Facebook Account
or
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now
 Share on Facebook