My Name is Tonie Tirado and i am originally from New York City, Army National Guard Veteran and a blue collar worker. I am reaching out to the public to help me raise funds so i can pay for a lawyer and private detective to locate my daughter in the states.
My daughter is 14 years old now and her name is Maia and last time i seen or spoke to her was about 6 years ago. The last place i saw here was when i took her to her mothers home in West New York.
We all go through hardships and failed relationships, but no one is perfect. I have been going through a terrible court proceeding that has hindered me from seeing, speaking and locating my daughter.
I currently have visitation rights through the courts and because of certain situations such as: I no longer live in the U. S., I live in Canada with my wife and son. also my daughter has moved at least 3 times in 5 years and now i cannot locate her.
I am not here to talk ill of her mother but to fight for my rights as a father and to be in her life forever. My kids are my world and i will go to the ends of the universe for them.
I have filed a missing persons report with Canadian police and also filed a petition for violation with new york and new jersey. The major issue is they can not properly subpoena her since they can't locate her and they have refused to help me locate her. They told me to hire a lawyer and sent me walking and even told me my case will most likely be dismissed because they cant find her.
I do pay over $500 Cad in child support which i send to child support every month and in good standing. I have never abused my kids nor abused her mother. She has went to the extend of accusing me of hitting her, which she couldn't prove in court when she tried to take my daughter from me the first time.
I live in Canada so i have to find a lawyer and an investigator in the New York/New Jersey, but I cannot afford it plus the conversion of the cad-usd is very low. $1 Canadian dollar is equal to .77 cents USD.
I have a Pictures, videos of how much my daughter means to me, I even have every single photo from the time she was born to the last day I saw her.
I have tried just about everything and i just spent my entire vacation in New Jersey two weeks ago and have exhausted my savings. I have two court dates coming up on October 23 and 24th. One is for full custody and the other is to suspend child support until they locate her.
It has been taking a serious toll on me especially since her birthday is in 2 weeks and all her pictures keep popping up on my face book feed.
I am asking friends, family and people i don't even know to help to make this better. If I can get a lawyer to do this for free I wouldn't even need this money. I am a very prideful man and I would never ask and have never asked for handouts, but this is my daughter and my first born.
I have never done drugs and nor do I drink. I grew up in the group homes system all my life and was given up as a child, but I managed to graduate high school and college and serve in the armed forces.
I am on my last possible option and no where else to turn. so please if you can help in any way possible, or even pass this on to a friend, a family member or any lawyer, please do. I can provide documents, pictures and video to prove my case is not a scam.
I am tired of us good fathers who do everything we can for our kids and because the system is flawed we get lossed in the cracks and are passed by.
So if you can please help and pass this along. I'd prefer a free lawyer over the money, a lawyer that will take this seriously and understand whats happening.
(UPDATE 6/15-20) I have hired an established company in the states to locate my daughter and also contacted a lawyer who will take the case once she is found.
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