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Meet Kendra, a special CFR client. We met Kendra as she was fleeing an abusive relationship while trying to raise a child with special needs. Please read this letter from Kendra–and support CFR’s annual fund today.
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Dear Friend of CFR,
Three years ago, I experienced a living nightmare. I was a victim of domestic violence, fleeing a bad relationship and doing the best that I could as a single parent with a 5 year old special needs child. I had nowhere to go. ACS found us sleeping on a park bench, and removed him from my care.
Fortunately, I had a CFR team, a lawyer and a social work staff person by my side. My team was sensitive to the trauma I had experienced, helped me file for an Order of Protection against the man who abused me, and ensured I could work with the child welfare system while staying safe. My CFR team helped me show the Court that I was a good parent in a difficult situation. Because of their advocacy I had unsupervised visits each week and was able to see my son over the holidays.
The trauma of our separation still took awhile to overcome: my son had regressed and stopped speaking after he was removed, and I was not able to spend the time I needed to help him get better. After several months and continued advocacy Omar and I were reunified in a domestic violence shelter. I immediately enrolled him in school and advocated for him to get the education services he needed.
Three years later, our lives are totally different. We live in an apartment together. My son is in the appropriate educational setting, is talking non-stop, and math is his favorite subject in school. I have a lot more confidence in my ability to advocate for my family. Sometimes things are challenging, but they are the challenges of every parent—getting him to clean up his toys and go to sleep.
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CFR was there for me. With your help, it will be there for thousands of other families, too. Please make a donation to CFR today. Your gift will mean so much to a family struggling to stay together.
Kendra & Omar