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Help Bring My Daughter Home
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I am a father of three beautiful children. Each and every day I have the blessing and opportunity to wake up to two of my children, and, yet, each day that I am blessed to spend with them, I am reminded of how much I miss my other child. In ...

I am a father of three beautiful children. Each and every day I have the blessing and opportunity to wake up to two of my children, and, yet, each day that I am blessed to spend with them, I am reminded of how much I miss my other child.

In 2005, my oldest and only daughter was born a few days after my birthday. I can imagine that it was a joyful day, as the birth of any healthy child is. But the first child is always special because it is the first opportunity to witness the creation of a life you created. Over the years, my daughter accomplished many milestones—her first rollover, her first steps, her first tooth, yet I was not given the opportunity to witness any of that. I never even witnessed her birth or saw her as an infant.

It was not until 2008 that I came to know of my daughter. Her mother, married with two older children, sent me a message on an online social network stating that she thought her daughter might be mine.

I was unsure of what to do, but even in my uncertainty, I felt compelled to do the right thing. I submitted to a DNA test, I submitted to any requests made on the mother’s behalf in the best interest of my daughter who I was not priveliged to meet until she turned three years old.

My daughter is now eight years old. In this time, I have had to take what little time I was given by her mother, often with the qualifier of some financial request. I paid child support for several years, but each time I saw my daughter, her clothes were tattered and in poor condition, her hair was never combed, she has often been plagued with ringworms and was wearing pull ups as recently as six months ago. In light of this, I worked to obtain a new court order which allowed me split custody. I was elated that my daughter would be able to be in my home, a stable home with my wife and I and our two sons.

I knew that I could provide balance and stability and meet her needs in a way that she deserved. Yet still, her mother did not follow through on the parameters of custody we established through the order, so much so that the only way I could see my daughter was to have my mother pick her up.


Recently, I was called into court for a request for temporary child support. My daughter’s mother has never worked for more than a month whether married or single. She has never maintained a residence for more than six months at any time in my daughter’s life, often in and out of seedy apartments and her own mother’s home with my daughter and her other two children. I have always tried to be a support to my child, but have often been denied and limited in my interaction.

I am asking for support for my daughter. Help my give my child the option of having a better life. Help me fight for her to show her that I am a good father who cares enough to not allow her suffer in instability and poverty. Help me by donating to help cover my legal fees as I seek full custody so that I can give my child a chance and show the world that real fathers do exist, that they care and that they, too, will give the world for their children.

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