Sheila Calhoun, Coordinator, COLAGE Jacksonville, reaching out for your help.
One of our COLAGE kids, 8 year old Shannon, has been abducted by her biological father. After more than a year absence in her life, he requested to see her and her moms flew her from Jacksonville, FL to his home in New Mexico for a three week visit. Once there, the father advised he would not return Shannon as he thinks it is detrimental to her wellbeing to be raised by a same sex couple.
Not only members of our COLAGE chapter, this couple are personal friends. This has taken a devastating toll on them as they fight to get their daughter back. Although they have full legal custody of Shannon, the police in New Mexico will not intervene without an emergency pickup order from the local judge.
This family is racing against time to get the necessary legal documents in order to retrieve their daughter. Although they have been allowed contact with Shannon via phone, they have reason to believe that the father intends to flee the state and/or country with her. He has yet to enroll her in school and conversations with Shannon indicate he may be planning to move.
Once the order is issued by the judge (hopefully later this week), these two mothers will have to fly to New Mexico and pickup their daughter, with a police escort. Having already tapped themselves out for legal fees, they are at a loss as to how to get to her.
Please help us help them. We have setup a fund raising page on fundable.com. The great thing about fundable is, they handle all of the fund raising and will send us the money when all is collected. Please note: No one takes a risk when making a pledge: if a collection expires before reaching its total in pledges, Fundable deletes all pledges and never charges money. No one pays until and unless everyone else makes a pledge. Simply said, if we do not reach our goal, your pledges will not be collected from your account.
I know as a community of diverse families we can band together to see that this family is reunited. If you can help financially, please do so. Regardless, please keep this family in your prayers.
If you have any questions, or would like to send this family a message, feel free to email me at COLAGEJax@yahoo.com or contact us through www.myspace.com/colagejax.
Thanks so much for your support.