Your support creates our successes ...
Success stories are the most gratifying part of our work at the Child Abuse Council. Your support creates our successes. Like this story from James, who was in our 24/7 Dad class last spring.
James spent 15 years in prison for a non-violent offense and, as a result, missed many of his two kids’ formative years. He took advantage of every opportunity to better himself while in jail, such as learning how to invest in real estate and rental properties. Upon his release, James reconnected with a female high school friend. They had a relationship for a while, until she began using drugs. Since that was unhealthy for his recovery, he broke up with her – and didn’t know she was pregnant. She gave birth to a baby girl, but didn’t tell James. In the meantime, he met another woman and they recently married. James found out about his daughter when she was 18-months-old and in foster care due to her mother’s drug use.
James immediately started working to get custody.
At the recommendation of his counselor, he signed up for our 24/7 Dad program, a 12-week parenting and support program taught by local volunteer fathers. James was one of the most engaged members of his group, sharing both his struggles and victories, and never missed a class. During week 11, he had exciting news: he received full custody of his daughter. James and his new wife are now building a family together with this happy, healthy toddler.
During the final class, James thanked the other dads for accepting him. With his older kids, he thought his only role was to make sure his family was taken care of until they were older and would need him. Now he understands a father’s role is much more – and that it’s vital to a child’s development. At the encouragement of the other dads, he’s becoming more involved in his older kids’ lives too.
Each of the eight fathers in that 24/7 Dad class has his own story, just like every child and family we serve has their own story of heartbreak and success.
When you contribute to the Child Abuse Council, you contribute to those stories and help eliminate child abuse and neglect to create healthy and happy childhoods – like the one James has started to provide for his daughter.
Would you consider a tax-deductible donation of $50 this holiday season to help dads like James and kids like his?
Thank you for your support, and for creating more success stories. The best to you this holiday season!
Mail a check to Child Abuse Council Holiday Appeal, 524 15th St., Moline, IL 61265
A sincere thank you to our 2018 Holiday Appeal and Giving Tuesday donors
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