Help my brother get custody of his daughter

First, I’d like to start this off by saying that my brother, Jereme, is the most kind, smart, generous and overall wonderful human being I know. He is always there when I need him and would do anything for the people he loves. Now it is my turn to try and help him in his time of need.  

My beautiful niece, Aurelia, was born on December 24th, 2018 (best Christmas present!) on Prince Edward Island in Canada. She is the first grandchild in our family which makes this whole extra special and difficult. My brother had met Aurelia’s mom on a work trip and was instantly smitten. They had made a connection due to the loss of his father and her brother. They felt comfort in understanding how the other one felt. Eventually he made the difficult decision to move to PEI to be with her. He left his position at a tech company he worked for and left behind his family and friends with hope for a fresh start and a new relationship that would help him grow and evolve. 

Only a few weeks after he arrived, he found out that his girlfriend was pregnant. Their relationship struggled and instead of helping either of them grow, it became toxic. Not to mention, Jereme couldn’t work until he got dual citizenship through his father who was born in Canada. On top of that, his car suffered a major engine failure which resulted in a complete lack of transportation in a town he wasn’t familiar with. He was forced to begin walking to the grocery store etc. in order to feed his family. He shut down under the pressure of becoming a new dad and living in a new place where he knew nobody.  He struggled with the thought of not being able to support his family, but he stuck it out as best he could. 

From the beginning of the pregnancy up until today, almost 2 and a half years later, he has done everything for his family. He still isn’t able to work as there is still a complication in proving his father’s citizenship. Partially due to his own delay in providing the correct paperwork.  However that has not stopped him from taking care of his family. He cooks, cleans, orchestrates tubby time, plays with Aurelia, puts her to bed, goes grocery shopping, cares for her when she gets hurt and spends every waking moment taking care of his beautiful baby girl. There is nobody in this world he loves more than that child. 

At this point Aurelia’s mother is trying to kick Jereme out of the apartment they share, knowing that he won’t be able to see his daughter when he leaves. Jereme cannot rent an apartment in Canada until his citizenship kicks in which would leave him no option other than to come back to the US and leave his daughter. We are trying everything we can to make this situation work but it looks like we will need to take legal action to ensure that Jereme gets partial, if not full custody of his daughter. Anything you can do would help us to pay for a lawyer to fight for custody. Jereme spends every day of his life doting over his only child and would be absolutely crushed to leave her without any idea of when he could see her again. Please consider helping our family in any way you can. It would mean so much to us to know Aurelia gets to grow up knowing her father. 52175232_1604010383210817_r.jpeg

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Kayla Dowling 
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Manchester, NH
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