In March, Child Find received a call from Nicole, the mother of 3 young children – 2 of whom were abducted by their father. Since 2008, Nicole had been searching – tracking them as best she could through the internet, begging for assistance from law enforcement and legal authorities – to no avail. Saving her money, Nicole was able to hire a lawyer and a private investigator. The father was located in another state, but authorities there refused to help – despite her custody order – insisting it was a civil matter. The father took off again and the last Nicole knew he was in Canada. Nicole lives in Texas. Finally, she called Child Find. Our case workers helped Nicole develop a plan and did some digging to locate the dad 500 miles away. Nicole’s case manager discussed how she might recover the kids, and went over options. Nicole said she would keep in touch. Eager to get back her children, Nicole drove the 500 mile trek to the school the children were most likely attending, but the school’s administrative staff would not disclose any information to her. Then she got a phone call from the children’s father. He was in Texas and wanted to return the children, saying he, “wanted to right his wrongs.” Nicole believes the school told him she had been there and that perhaps he had also been made aware of pending legal action.
Within 19 days of her initial phone call to Child Find, Nicole was calling back to joyfully report that her children were finally home. Two weeks later Nicole sent us this email and these photographs:
Thank you so much. You are the angel in my life. I have been telling my story over and over for the past two years and it managed to get to you. I cannot thank you enough for all that you and this organization has done for me and my family. The kids are doing very well. They should be in school by next week and they are so happy to be home… May God bless you and this organization and I will keep in touch.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!