HELP a transgender VETERAN fight for her kids

HELP a transgender VETERAN fight for her kids

From Sarah Fadich

Sarah is a Navy veteran of 7.5 years, long-time community servant, and mother of two beautiful children - Micah 9, and Isabella 7. She has lost her children due to discrimination for being transgender.

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13 days ago

HUGE UPDATE: I spent last weekend with BOTH of my kids!!! This was the second time in 10 months and the first since **JUNE**!!!

I am so grateful for the support and generosity of each and every one of you! Friends, family, and complete strangers who have stood in the gap for me and my children! You have moved the needle and literally allowed me to keep my legal representation at a critical point in this whole process. **THANK YOU**

The battle is far from over - but I firmly believe that this past month has opened a new chapter and we have made progress that is critically important! This campaign is closed, but I will continue to provide updates for those who are following along!

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Sarah is a Navy veteran of 7.5 years, long-time community servant, and mother of two beautiful children - Micah 9, and Isabella 7. She has lost her children due to discrimination for being transgender. Despite having a standard legal parenting plan and custody arrangement, her parental rights as well as time and communication with her children have been trampled and disregarded. Her kids have been brainwashed to fear Sarah simply for being transgender - since April 4th 2017, she has only spent three nights with her kids.

In addition to the parenting plan ordered by the court, reunification counseling has also been ordered in response to her ex’s alienating behaviors - however this too has failed because the children were manipulated to distrust, hate, and reject the therapist assigned to reunify the kids to Sarah. In withholding the children from spending any time with Sarah, sabotaging their therapy, and psychologically manipulating them, her ex has prevented their healing, prolonged their suffering, and ensured that they harbor bitterness and blame towards Sarah.

A most simple means of keeping the wounds fresh and preventing the kids from adapting to the major changes that come with divorce and gender transition - Sarah’s ex continues to boldly and maliciously use her incorrect name and pronouns causing tremendous confusion and distress to the kids. The WA State Human Rights Commission has included this behavior in their legal definition of harassment (WAC 162-32-040). Despite this, the court cited the first amendment right to free speech when it declined Sarah’s motion to compel her ex to use her correct and legal name and gender pronouns as reflected on her amended birth certificate.

The only way to fight this abuse, discrimination, and injustice is to take the battle to the court room and hold the legal system accountable to enforcing it’s own family law orders. What started as a fight to simply observe her custodial parental rights is quickly becoming a desperate fight for the kid’s emotional and psychological safety and wellbeing. The costs associated with the impending legal fight to defend Sarah’s basic parental rights are financially devastating (see details below). Since deciding to start fighting for accountability in mid-October she has incurred over $13,000 in legal fees. Faced with the certainty of otherwise loosing her children, she has started the legal battle only to be instantly overwhelmed with the cost.

The tragic reality is that many transgender parents and their children are victims of discrimination and parental alienation and are forced to withdraw the fight for their children due to the impossible and overwhelming financial burden of holding the legal system accountable. There is a dramatic need for legal precedent and case law to help guide future courts in acknowledging and protecting the most basic rights of transgender parents.

Sarah fought for our country - now she needs our help to defend her most basic rights as a parent and to fight for her kids!

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Sarah Fadich posted a new update:
13 days ago

Update #2

HUGE UPDATE: I spent last weekend with BOTH of my kids!!! This was the second time in 10 months and the first since **JUNE**!!!

I am so grateful for the support and generosity of each and every one of you! Friends, family, and complete strangers who have stood in the gap for me and my children! You have moved the needle and literally allowed me to keep my legal representation at a critical point in this whole process. **THANK YOU**

The battle is far from over - but I firmly believe that this past month has opened a new chapter and we have made progress that is critically important! This campaign is closed, but I will continue to provide updates for those who are following along!

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Sarah Fadich posted a new update:
2 months ago

Update #1

Hey folks - I cannot thank you enough for your generous support - both emotionally and financially... this is the most painful thing I've ever been through and it's been particularly difficult during the holidays... Your support has really been a lifeline! Here are a few updates:

CONTACT WITH KIDS: Well, after a victory in court earlier this month, the judge admonished my ex quite sternly and ordered a concrete plan to work towards reunification. One of the results of this, I have gotten to talk to my daughter TWO TIMES on the phone and once on FaceTime this month!!! (photo is a screenshot of our facetime call - we were making silly faces) THANK YOU ALL!! It's progress!

FINANCES: Thanks to everyone's generosity, I was able to retain my attorney for at least another month - I almost lost her due to inability to pay the bill in full. THANK YOU ALL!!

COURT: I have a parenting plan that orders that I have daily contact with my kids and that I get three days/nights with them every-other week. Thus far I have observed this ONCE since April 2017. The only way to achieve this is to hold my ex accountable to obeying what the court has ordered! More updates to come on this front!!

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