Want the VERY BEST for these girls!

On August 10th at 9:00 p.m. two little girls were dropped off in their father's front yard.  Haley, age 10, and Ainslie, age 6 were transported 230 miles by their mother's boyfriend and dropped off, unannounced,  outside of their father's (Andy) house.   The children were told their mother was in jail and that they would be staying with their father from now on.  They were left by the mother's boyfriend with nothing but a laundry basket filled with dirty clothes and a pair of shoes each 5 days before the first day of school.

As it turns out, Haley and Ainslie's mother is not in jail, she has not been arrested, and she did, knowingly, abandon her children.  According to the Order In Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (Court Ordered Documents laying out Child Support and Child Custody) Andy is obligated to pay 22.5% of his income in child support to the girls' mother, which is still currently being paid to the mother that abandoned them.  The documents also designate the mother as the only parent with the ability to determine the children's primary residence and educational setting.  

Over the next 7 days Andy learns that the mother of his daughters has been neglectful.  The children were frequently unsupervised, exposed to drugs and other dangerous situations inside their home with their mother.  There have been multiple CPS cases and investigations.  Andy also learned this week that one of his daughters has been a victim of sexual assault.

Andy is now moving forward and seeking to modify the current court order to obtain primary custody of his daughters.  It has also been recommended by CPS that he protect the children and not release them back to their mother.  While Andy fights this battle in court he will have to continue paying the 22.5% in child support, as well as, fully support the girls' day to day needs.  Andy is currently trying to figure out a way to enroll his daughters in school, along with providing a safe and happy home for them.

Andy has met with a lawyer and a plan to obtain custody of the girls has been laid out.  It has been recommended that Andy move as quickly as possible in order to obtain the rights to designate residency and education.   Given that Andy was not made aware of the mother's plan to abandon the girls, his responsibility to continue paying the child support until the court removes it, as well as, support the girls fully while they are with him it has become impossible to save the money needed to retain a lawyer.  

$2,500 is the minimum amount required to secure a lawyer (the lawyer has agreed to accept the remainder of the retainer in monthly payments) and move forward with filing the appropriate papers in court to obtain primary custody of his daughters.  

Haley and Ainslie continuously express how happy they are with their father and their fear of having to return to their mother.  There are open investigations concerning the neglect and sexual abuse, and Andy's oldest daughter is set to receive counseling.  Andy wishes he could share more concerning the investigations, however, since they are still pending it is in the best interest of the girls if he waits until the conclusion of the cases.  

Multiple friends, family and co-workers have reached out expressing their thoughts and prayers for the girls, and many have asked if their is any way they can help.  Right now, Andy's main focus is coming up with the $2,500 needed to pay the lawyer and get the legal process started as soon as possible.  Andy plans to provide ongoing updates about the girls and the case.  

Andy, Haley and Ainslie truly appreciate everyone that has reached out and offered to help in any way.  
The girls are excited to start at their new school very soon and enjoy continuing to build their lives here with their family.  

Donations

  • Thomas Kohl 
    • $1,840 
    • 35 mos
  • Alexandra Biello 
    • $50 
    • 35 mos
  • Elizabeth Sharpe 
    • $50 
    • 35 mos
  • Miranda Belk 
    • $50 
    • 35 mos
  • Kendyl Townsend 
    • $40 
    • 35 mos
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Fundraising team: Give the Girls the World (2)

Andy Johnson 
Organizer
Raised $2,030 from 3 donations
Richmond, TX
Rose Ray 
Team member
Raised $300 from 2 donations
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