Adoption support for Judy & her three children

Adoption support for Judy & her three children

From Shelly Lovell

I am starting this campaign on behalf of my friend, Judy Sgambati and her three children, LeAnna, Makayla & Louie. Imagine the possibility of having your three children ripped away from their home after 10 years. Read!

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I am starting this campaign on behalf of my friend, Judy Sgambati and her three children,  LeAnna, Makayla & Louie. Imagine the possibility of having your three children ripped away from their home, their mother & only life they've ever known! This is what Judy & her kids are facing.     LeAnna & Makayla are 12 year old twins & their brother Louie is 9 months younger. Judy took custody of all three of her cousin's children when the twins were 2 years old & Louie was 16 months, after they were all placed in foster care at birth! The twins were born 4 months premature and have endured a lot of endless health complications. Judy had a long road of being their advocate & caregiver as she searched out the best medical treatment so they could grow & thrive, almost losing one of the girls due to complications at one point.     Judy is a devoted parent, treats the kids as her own and has done everything possible to create a beautiful & normal life for them. She has been their mom from potty training to pulling loose teeth and teaching them how to ride a bike. They are loved in every way and they love her.     Judy's worst nightmare has always been that if something happened to her, her children would go back to foster care because, after 10 years, she still only has temporary custody. So, in June of this year after 10 years of never hearing from the birth parents, Judy decided it was time to start the adoption process and make their family official. In September, she told the kids the news, as they are aware of the situation. They were over joyed and happy. In October, the girls signed their consent for the adoption since they are of age to make that choice.    Fast forward to November. The final hearing date was scheduled and Judy had memorabilia, a photographer and things planned to document this monumental day! Judy logged into the court hearing and was shocked at the turn of events when the biological dad popped up to contest the adoption. The same person who has been in and out of legal institutions & has not reached out, nor supported (financially, physically, emotionally) the children since birth! Devastation has hit her heart and her mind! As a mom, she is fighting for her children. She's fighting to not rip them from everything they know and love...not just her, but their doctors, friends, sports teams, and beloved dog! The attorney and legal fees have piled up. She currently has paid over $14,000 in attorney fees so far.  The case that should have been open and closed is now going to trial. She is faced with at least another $6,000+ to do so!   My heart personally goes out her, the kids and this situation.  I am asking for anyone who can help keep this family together, to please do so! Every little bit counts as the holidays are coming up AND she's preparing to go to trial! Thank you ! 

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