A Dad Who Could Use Your Help

Some years ago, after losing everything, I entered a homeless shelter in a state where I didn’t know anyone.  I was there because I wanted to be close to my daughter.  I grew up in a home where I didn’t know when I would ever see my father and I always wanted that to be different for any child I had.  I've made tremendous progress in my life since then and that move proved very advantageous because my daughter is my world and we have an amazing relationship, but I knew for a long time that my life did not involve being there long term.

For 2+ years I awaited my daughter's approval to move to where I might have a greater opportunity.  In July, I finally got the okay from her.  I have many business friends and contacts here and I've purposed to pursue them.  I'm a coach and just moved to Vegas 3-months ago.  I've been managing on my own, staying with a friend, as I wait for greater opportunities to open up and others to come to completion but recently I received some challenging news.

I didn't know this was 'a thing' but my child's mother has put in a petition for me to have 'full custody' of our daughter come January. I have heard of custody battles to see who would have custody of their children but I have never heard of a legal petition to GIVE the other person custody.  I don't judge my child's mother.  I've spoken with her about what this looks like but I not sure of all of the mental/emotional/physical factors involved in her decision.

Honestly, I do not feel fully prepared for this task but like any good parent knows, you do what you have to do for your child. I definitely don't want her to be somewhere she's not wanted.

Any assistance in any area would be helpful.

I can definitely be of service on a bartering system.  If anyone knows of someone who needs coaching or who has children around the age of 7 years old, I would love to connect for potential playdates, and as I do my own research, any information around schools here will be helpful as well.


  • Sherri Somers 
    • $100 
    • 5 d
  • Myron Jones 
    • $50 
    • 6 d


James A. Valentine 
Las Vegas, NV
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