Securing Their Future

Campaign Created by: Lisa Irlbeck

Goal : USD $5,500
Raised : USD $ 8,586

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From my son-in-law, Peter Dhooghe:

Dear all, 
I, Peter Dhooghe, am asking for help securing the future of two wonderful girls, Helen Marie and Darleen Dhooghe. These girls have been through the ringer and back again through their 8 short years. They were adopted as infants by my father and mother, Vincent and Helen Dhooghe, in 2011 and 2012. In February of 2014, my mother passed away in a tragic car accident. Helen and Darleen were 1 & 2. 

Fast forward 4 years to September 2018. My wife, Mary Irlbeck and I, have been married for 4 months and are expecting our first child. Two of my younger brothers call an emergency meeting. It very quickly became clear that the girls needed to be removed from my father’s care, due to allegations of abuse of a minor. We picked them up from school and they have been living with us and enriching our lives ever since. 

Over the past year, we have moved twice, changed schools, changed jobs, and had our daughter, all of which has wiped out our savings. My father is awaiting trial on 2 felony charges and refuses to give us aid or cooperate with us in any way. As such, my wife and I are speaking with an attorney about suing my father for permanent custody of these wonderful girls. We need $5500.00 in order to pay the retainer for the attorneys. We are extremely grateful to all of those, especially our family, who have been so generous with their time and resources to get us to where we are today. Please, those of you who have the means, give from your heart for these girls. They deserve a chance in a stable home with a family who loves and cares for them. Will you help?

Peter Dhooghe



Update #1
October 18, 2019
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We want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of love and prayer on these girls and our family. Words cannot express our gratitude. What a blessing this community is! We will update as we are able, but for now we have been able to retain an attorney. 
Prayers for each of you and your families, and again thank you so very much. 

Peter & Mary Dhooghe


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