Guardianship of Daniel by Jesse

BACK STORY

(Natalia Morozova)

On August 21, 2017, Daniel Morozov lost his mother, Natalia Morozova, because his father, Konstantin Morozov, murdered her.  Moments after Natalia lost her life, Daniel was then abducted by his father and an Amber Alert was distributed to the public. On 08/22/17, Konstantin was found with Daniel.  An officer-involved shooting left Konstantin in critical condition but ultimately Konstantin took his own life. Daniel was rescued safely.

(Jesse and Daniel on Daniel's first day of school after the loss of his parents.)

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

Daniel has been temporarily placed with Jesse and Jesse has been trying to gain guardianship of Daniel. As many people know, legal action can be very costly. Jesse has been covering the costs up until now, but unfortunately, Jesse and Daniel now need your help immediately!

(Jesse and Daniel being silly)

MORE BACK STORY

Jesse, Natalia, and Daniel were living together as a family. Jesse's family was a huge support to Natalia and Daniel while Natalia had battled a major divorce and custody case against Konstantin. Konstantin was labelled unstable and abusive and Natalia feared for her and Daniel's safety. Here in the U.S., Jesse and his family were the only "family" Natalia and her son had.

(Family photo of Jesse, Natalia, and Daniel. Their last Easter together)

NATALIA'S WISHES

Daniel has been in Jesse's care since he lost both his parents and became an orphan.  Through all this, he has been adjusting very well. Given the circumstances, he is happy and looks forward to staying with Jesse.  He wants to stay with Jesse here in the U.S. and has made it clear that he has no desire to move to Russia.  Daniel is a U.S.-born citizen.  Jesse has Natalia's family's full support in obtaining guardianship of Daniel. They give him their blessing and know that this is what Natalia would want.

(Jesse with Natalia's brother, mother, and sister.)

Natalia had been a victim of domestic violence for years and had sought help many times and had even stayed in homeless shelters when things got very abusive at home. She had also confided in how much she was afraid of what Konstantin was capable of. She confided in family and friends that she was ready to start a life with Jesse and Daniel and let her family know that if anything were to happen to her, she would want Daniel to be with Jesse. After Natalia passed, her family asked us to help honor Natalia's wishes to keep Jesse and Daniel together.

(Natalia and Jesse at a family wedding)

THE CHALLENGE

Guardianship is also being sought by Daniel's Paternal Uncle whom lives in Russia.  His intentions are to take Daniel with him back to Russia if he gains guardianship.  We are desperately trying to avoid this because Daniel does not want this, nor does Natalia's family or friends.

(Daniel celebrating Natalia's Mother's birthday while she is in the U.S.)

As you can imagine, this legal battle is long, challenging, and expensive.  Jesse is financially stable and able to care for Daniel, but as you all know, no one has thousands of dollars available to spend on legal fees.  We cannot guess how much this legal battle may cost, or how long it will take. Anything you can give will help greatly, even if it's your prayers.

(Daniel and Jesse visiting with Daniel's cat that has been boarded at the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society)

RELATED GOFUNDME

We did put up a GoFundMe immediately after Natalia's death to assist her family in travelling from Russia to the United States to bury Natalia and say their goodbyes. The Fundraiser was very successful and we reached our goal. In addition, it has helped support Natalia's mother who has remained in the U.S. temporarily to be with Daniel. The old campaign was https://www.gofundme.com/InSupportofNatalia

(Family photo of Natalia, Daniel, and Jesse at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This was their last family trip they took together.)

ABOUT THE ORGANIZER


This GoFundMe has been set up, and will be managed by Vanessa Grossman. We are friends with Jesse and his family. Vanessa has known Jesse for nearly 20 years (since High School). We elected to assist with the GoFundMe and other fundraisers to allow Jesse and his family to focus on the well-being of Daniel, Vanessa has successfully utilized GoFundMe in the past and very familiar with social media.

BENEFICIARY

Jesse, Natalia's boyfriend, will be the Beneficiary of this GoFundMe fundraiser. A bank account has been setup  to specifically keep track of donations and expenditures that come from this fundraiser, and any other donations that come in.  Since we are not sure how much Jesse's legal fees will be, any excess donations that might be left over after all legal expenses are paid for will be donated to Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara County in memory of Natalia.

(Jesse and Daniel being silly, again, together. They are always having a great time.)
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Organizer and beneficiary

Vanessa Rae Grossman 
Organizer
Santa Maria, CA
Jesus Gonzalez 
Beneficiary
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