The Ivan Man Fund
Hello Friends and Family. If you're following me on Twitter, Periscope, or Instagram you know my family is extremely important to me. Paticulary, I have a special bond with my Nephew, Ivan. Ivan is the center of our Family's Universe. Sideblinded, recently our family has endured a sad and painful tragedy.
When Ivan was only three, my sister Brandi and Ivan’s Father divorced. My sister and Ivan moved to our family home in Washington to rebuild their lives. Ivan’s dad stayed behind in Wisconsin. For the last six and a half years, Ivan has lived happily in Mount Vernon. He’s a great student, a happy kid with lots of friends who is loved by everyone he meets.
Ivan’s Father has been petitioning the Washington family courts for custody of Ivan for the last 6 months. If you’re at all familiar with the justice system, you know it can make arbitrary judgements that are not always fair. In the case of Ivan’s custody, the unthinkable happened. Three weeks ago, the court made a preliminary judgement awarding temporary custody to Ivan’s Father, effective within two weeks. Ivan was plucked from our family home and moved to Wisconsin with people he doesn’t know, in the middle of a school year. Brandi wasn’t even given visitation rights. She has to relegate her contact with Ivan to two 15 minute phone calls per week, pending an upcoming trial for permanent custody and visitation.
As many of you know my family home in Mount Vernon is a safe haven for me. When things get too crazy in Los Angeles I head home to Mount Vernon to be surrounded by the people who know me best and recharge my battery. Ivan was an integral part of that home, and with him gone we have been left with an enormous physical and emotional hole in our lives and hearts. The only hope we have is to retain our lawyer and hope for the best outcome going forward.
But, good lawyers are expensive. There are court filings, appearances, and other fees. Brandi has been working to make ends meet but was let go recently from her Job due to unnecessary court battles. My dad is 33 year respected Police Officer who is close to retirement, my mom is a dedicated homemaker who keeps the family together. They don’t have the means to fight this battle alone; and even though I am helping as much as I can, it’s not enough.
So I am making this GoFundMe account in the hopes of involving you, my other family: My community of friends and supporters who know and love Ivan through me. Your donations will make a huge difference in our fight to bring "Ivan Man" safely home where he belongs.
Thank you so much for all your love, support, and kindness during this hard time. We as a family can't thank you enough.
"The Lindberg Family"
This is an update to let all of you know we FINALLY have a Court date, set for this Friday. This is only a court hearing to receive visitation with Ivan. Brandi has not seen her Son in person in over a year and we as a family, it will be nearing two years in February. Brandi has filed for visitation in the past to only be denied by the court appointed "GAL". She is limited to two, 20 minute-ish Skype visits a week. All of this over a 60 Day TEMPERORY Custody placement order astonishingly given by a now retired judge. It's almost been two years. Certain individuals and the Courts, ALLOWED Ivan to be taken out of our home within a week of that hearing during School. Had we said no, they were WILLING TO TAKE HIM FROM US THAT DAY. He's been living in Wisconsin since...
We could not be more excited to have a new judge to hear our case. All we've ever asked is to be heard fairly. For IVAN's voice to be heard. For the truth to be seen, justice to be served, and for certain people to be held accountable for their actions.
Please forgive me for not updating the Gofundme in a while. As many of you know losing Ivan was a sharp sword to our Hearts and souls and we as a Family have not been the same since. Sometimes it feels impossible to get online and express how you feel. Many of you see me in person and ask about Ivan only to see me clamp up with pain and anger. Thank you all for continuing to keep us talking and asking how Ivan is doing. This is how we move forward and heal. This is how we keep the conversation moving.
We have not and WILL NOT stop until Ivan is home where he belongs. In fact, we will never stop. Even after Ivan gets home, we'll continue the fight for children who have been wrongly pulled from their homes. We have not and will not tolerate this. Through this entire experience we have found strength and courage. Through this Ivan has gained an Army that grows daily with people wearing wristbands all across the World. We will continue to shine light on this darkness and reveal the Truth.
Ivan deserves it.
Thank you all once again for your prayers, support, love and donations for Ivan. We are here in this Fight because of YOU. Words cannot thank you for what your support has done for our family. We will continue to show you with our Actions as we continue to forge ahead for Ivan.
Thank you for your time Friends. The Court hearing is on Friday. I'll be keeping you informed.
Ivan...we WILL see you soon.
-Chad "Uncle Binx"
It's been about 3 months since the last update with Ivan and I wanted to catch everybody up. Thank you for your patience as the Family needed to hibernate for the Winter. Since last we have a new appointed Judge for our upcoming Trial as I mentioned in the last update. We have an out of County Judge which makes us very happy. Unfortunately, over a Year has passed now since Ivan was taken from our Home unjustly. He just had his 11th Birthday on February 7th. Brandi has seen him ONCE total, in over a year. She Skypes with him Twice a week for 20 minutes, she wasn't even allowed to Skype with him on his Birthday. We are gearing hard towards this Trial which is expected to happen very soon. I'm currently working on a new video that I'll be posting to the GoFundMe site in the near future. Your continued prayers, support, blessings, donations, and love is felt to our very family core. Again, know that we are here simply because of you. And of course, for our unwavering love for Ivan. We will not stop. We are continuing to fight with every ounce of our being to get him home with us where he belongs.
Thank you "Ivan's Army". We love you dearly. Please continue to spread the word and stand along side us for the continued fight. Not just for Ivan, but for all families that have been broken up by the ugly spokes of Family Law. Once we get Ivan home, it doesn't stop there. The Fight will only intensify and deepen as we seek further Justice with #IvansLaw.
BRING IVAN HOME!!!!!!
It's your Uncle Binx. I miss you terribly. It was my 40th Birthday a few days ago and all I can do is think about you. How this last year hasn't been the same without you and being able to talk to you whenever we want. It was hard listening to the Kids outside my window Trick or Treating laughing and knowing we can't enjoy that with you this year. It's hard hearing you not excited about Halloween this year like you have been in the past. We can hear so much sadness in your voice pal and I'm sorry. A lot of people asked me what I wanted for my Birthday, and my answer was that I wanted you home. Where you belong. It's been almost a YEAR since I've seen you. Again, I know that someday you'll read these letters to put some perspective to what's happened. We as a family are trying to understand it ourselves. Please know that we are fighting everyday to get you home and you are ALWAYS on our minds and in our hearts. Unfortunately as we are learning, when you try to do things by the Law the system is very slow. When certain individuals manipulate the system it's amazing how fast things can happen.....or not happen. I'm sorry that once again and still, "certain appointed court officials" FAIL to do their job and do what's right for YOU. It's deplorable and despicable. Again, as you know Ivan, it's been almost year since you were plucked from our Home and forced to live a brand new Life. You are a victim of everything that is wrong with our judicial system. There are certain individuals that are driven by hate, greed, and have the absolute lack of human compassion. We are surrounded by it and this is a hard fact of Life. However, Ivan you stand for everything that is right about the Human race. Your spirit and love is felt all over the World. You have a light about you that's very special and you will be everything you want to be in this Life. We will make sure of it. The continuing outpour of support for you has opened our hearts in ways we never thought possible. Ivan's Army continues to grow everyday as well as your message about the injustice that you have endured. Not a day goes by when someone doesn't ask about you and how you're doing. I tell them we can see the immense pain in your eyes but that you are being brave. I love you more than life itself little man. Myself, your Mom, Grammy, Papa, your family, friends, and HUNDREDS of people are in your corner buddy and we will never stop. Spreading the word in your name and shedding even more light on the negative energies that try to manipulate the world around you. We will never stop fighting for you Ivan. Never. Love you little man!!!
We'll see you soon. ;)
Dear Friends & Family,
After Karma stepped in and played a beautiful hand in Ivan's last trial. We FINALLY have been given a new Judge. No official date is set for the next trial. I'll keep everyone posted. Thanks for your patience and continued support. We simply would not be here without you.
The time has almost come. The first day of Ivan's custody trial is set for Tuesday September 6th. This Journey has been overwhelming, emotional, and extremely painful for Ivan and our Family as you all know. After not seeing Ivan for nearly 9 months, Brandi thankfully was granted a recent visitation with Ivan in Wisconsin. Her visitation consisted of 4 days. 4 hours a day, supervised. Ivan and Mom played, they swam in the Pool, they laughed, they hugged each other, and they cried. They rolled around on the ground and acted like Super Hero's while they played Ivan's favorite game "Playmation". Then, you can imagine the painful reality that set in for Brandi and Ivan once when the visitation was over. Since then Brandi has come back to WA and we're suiting up for "Ivan Man".
I want to take this opportunity to thank the staggering outpouring love and support for Ivan and our Family. Yesterday we had a Fundraiser for Ivan and our friend Khloe at the Red Apple Market in Mount Vernon. Red Apple is the local grocery store I used to work 22 years ago. With the incredible generosity of Red Apple Market we were able to facilitate a Fundraiser for two important reasons. One, to raise funds for the upcoming and current court costs as we near Trial. Secondly, we were there to raise money for Khloe's Hope. Khloe is a spirited 6 year old girl who is living with Cystic Fibrosis and she is our dear family friend. Two families joining forces we were able to shout our voices into the Valley and the most incredible thing happened. We were in awe and so incredibly moved by the outpouring support of the community. Friends, Family, acquaintances old and new came out to show there support. People made donations, ate food, and shared stories about similar situations happening to them. Something is happening much more powerful than raising the funds which yes, is a unfortunate necessity and we are eternally grateful for. What we're witnessing is that now people are starting to have a dialogue. The whole Valley was a buzz yesterday and the momentum is building. This is about standing up for what's right. It's about holding certain people accountable for their actions. It's about getting Ivan back home to Washington where he belongs.
Thank you Skagit Valley for being there for us. Your spirit lifted us up and let us know we are not alone in this fight for justice. Thank you friends and family for the CONTINUOUS ways you've helped raise money and spread awareness for Ivan. As a family we're always saying how lucky we are to have your support. We truly would not be this far along if it wasn't for all of you.
A reminder, we have extended a respectful invitation to join us in court in support of Ivan and our family in the following two weeks. Trail is set for September 6th-19. We're meeting out front of the Courthouse at 8:15AM every morning. We'll all walk in together, with intentions of love and respect.
See you Tuesday. Love you and thank you.
-Chad "Uncle Binx"
#IvansArmy #BringIvanHome #IvanMan
Really Joel? Do you personally know anyone involved? Do you know all the particulars of the custody case? Or are you second string quaterbacking it? Courts do not side in the case of the mother all the time and perjury is a great violation in most court cases now days. If you dont have anything nice to say, keep your feeble minded comments to yourself, and work on your own life and inadequacies. ..maybe then you might be happier because you sound pretty bitter to me. Chad your awesome ignore the idiots, there will always be a few in the world xoxo, prayers for Ivan and your family.
This goes out to Joel Hallbeck: What you are doing is cyber bullying and that falls into a cyber crime. If you are "man" enough to give out your real name, then we can handle this is the right matter. Now, you still here, and talk all this and that like YOU know what's really going on. You don't. So what does that make you? Simple. A loser who thinks it's funny to make fun of and instigate issues that have nothing to do with you. Henceforth which makes you a bully and myself along with others will not tolerate. I will be looking into you and I do have friends in the cyber crime unit that will pull up your IP address and we can go forward with this within the proper channels.
The Paranormal Campout was a great time. For those that don't really know Chad and Brandi they are such delightful brother and sister and I could not ask for better friends. It's been a pleasure to have the opportunity to enjoy some quality time with them over the past week as well as Ernie, Mary-Grace, Erik, and Lindsey.
The $6 I just donated was actually from a gentleman named Mike Simpson. I met him at the RCI Con last week. I gave him an IvanMan bracelet and he wanted to donate something to the fund. I was going to give the cash to Chad but forgot. So please thank him for this. :)
This breaks my heart, as my son is about the same age as Ivan and I've lived with the fear of his father doing the same for most of my child's life! I'm so sorry your family has to endure this nightmare!!! I will try to donate something within the next couple weeks! Love and prayers for you all!!
Please don't take this the wrong way. I have watched the video and read the post and comments. Nowhere does it say WHY Ivan was taken from his mother or why there had to be supervised visitation. What happened? This is not a negative post, so please don't be defensive, it is just the main explanation of events is missing. Thank you, and my prayers are with you.
I'm confused...why did Ivan get taken away? I'm not trying to hate or anything like that but usually there is a reason, especially if the child lived with their mother for most of their life. What was the reasoning for removal of Ivan? The video does not explain. Does anyone know.
Joel, Grow up! Put your big boy pants on and stop hiding under a false identity just because you want to bully someone! These people are amazing and don't deserve your hostile nature. Ivan is much better at home with his mom where he belongs, you can see it in his face, and we WILL bring him back home!
Wow Joel you really are getting creepy. How did you even get those private pictures? Chad and his family are wonderful if you knew anything about them at all you would stop this. His family help so many and they are awesome people. Joel you need to Stop this right now.
Joel is the same person that messaged me a picture of my kids in an attempt to intimidate and silence me. That speaks volumes about his character. Since he is obviously associated with the father & has direct access to his photos, it is clear to me the company they keep are not healthy for Ivan. Anyone who has seen Ivan previously in scopes knows that in those images there was a peace about him. A delight. Child wonderment. Happiness. A sense of belonging. Bits why we all fell in love with him. In the picture Joel posted below, the same look of contentment and happiness is missing. There is a look of confusion and a forced smile. His body position and posturing suggest he is not close or intimately connected to this other family. He is in the outside. Forced to be in that situation. Anyone who saw before & after shots can see that. And, as a mother, it breaks my heart for both Ivan and the Lindbergs. You can intimidate me and everyone else here all you want, Joel Hallbeck. If that is even your real name. But, unlike Ivan who had no say so in his situation, We have a voice. And We will keep using it to do everything We can to help this family. The people the Lindbergs surround themselves with are loving, caring & nurturing individuals. Not uneducated fear mongering sociopaths who hide behind false profiles and intimidate women with images of their children they download off of Facebook. So, keep on revealing the true nature of the individuals who associate with you - the ones who have Ivan now. It will catch up to you and them in the end. And we will keep funneling love and compassion to Brandi and Ivan. We have her and him surrounded with love, light, prayers and support. You have a fake FB profile and a really nasty attitude. Ivan, we love you and the Lindbergs and they are doing everything they can to bring you home. Stay strong and everything will be ok. You have an army behind you. Your fans :-)
Wow Joel- I am certainly glad you decided to chime in- I hadn't realized you were appointed judge & jury! If you don't want to fund- don't! I don't see why you have to attack someone who is taking care of their family! You don't know what you are talking about!
Our prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. Ignore the ignorant people (Joel BALLSACK). You have so many others that love and support everything you do and what you're all about. We all have your back and that won't ever change! We will continue to fight for you and get this shared and spread like a wildfire! Love, Kindness and Support here 110%! - David, Creative Recharge HQ
Good Luck to you - I know your fight, we fight constantly to keep my grandson with us. The court does not care about the child, what he has established, friends, sports. They never, never, consider their feeling. It is so wrong!!!!! To be plucked from the familiar, to the unfamiliar by someone who only has a very small glimpse into someone life and does not even speak to the child, see where and how they live and to decide their and change their life is the most disturbing aspect of our court system. Again, I wish the best for you and your family and I hope and pray a safe return of you Ivan!!
KID LOOKS HAPPY TO ME https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13879457_10154500555048243_5630422107114946730_n.jpg?oh=a5f73a4df35d87d1da0ca13da5a420e5&oe=5829F3E4
Wondering if there are any new updates.
Chad so sorry that you and your family are going through this horrible experience.Praying for you and your family.Much love...Miss Donna
I'm not able to donate at this time but my thoughts and prayers are with your family and Ivan. Regardless of the circumstances, this is a very difficult time for everyone involved. I truly hope and pray for the best outcome for Ivan and you four. Your love for him and each other shines through everything. Stay strong
Chad and Brandi I am sending all the love and light I can my candle is staying on the altar until this little guy is home where he belongs. I wish I could be there with you on the court room and hug your necks however my own heart issues won't let me so know I will be there in spirit. Sending all my love. Karen Rudicel Ray AKA EmeralrudiKaren
I love you all, and I'll do whatever I can to bring Ivan home. For good.