Please help us rescue three helpless children

Campaign Created by: Chris Dotson

The funds from this campaign will be received by Philip Dotson.

Goal: USD $15,000
Raised: USD $ 8,992

     My brother Philip and his fiancée Lauren have hearts of gold.  They have always had a unique gift to bring joy to everyone, especially children!  Little did they know, their abilities would immediately be called upon.

     A month ago to this date, they found Lauren’s three young cousins in a very concerning and unacceptable “home”.  For seven-year-old Tiana, developmentally delayed five-year-old Wayne, and sweet baby Maurice at only eight months, an unattended life of trauma which they did not ask for was their start to life.   Two absent and financially uninvolved dads, then a brief stint living with a grandmother who overdosed last year, and finally a mom who is now hospitalized indefinitely are but a few of many sad realities leading up to the present. Clearly, Philip and Lauren had no choice but to rescue these innocent children.  

     But now…there is new hope for them…a new chapter has begun in their life.   They have provided a home for these children with the constant care, food, dress, and two parents to create a loving environment suitable for kids… but they do not have the significant financial resources needed to meet this challenge.

     We are therefore urgently reaching out for help from our community of friends, family and others who might feel the pain we have felt to support these innocent children.  DSS has awarded them temporary custody…A future foster family may step up or they may not.  But for now, they are providing the love and support these children so desperately need.  They ask for our help and financial support. For more information or questions, please reach out to me.  We have more details and photos of the children below and will update everyone.

Can we donate enough to get Tiana, Wayne, and Maurice a life of consistent love, structure, and security?

UPDATES

First day of school
August 28, 2023
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This is a BIG deal, guys! It's taken us almost 2 and a 1/2 months to get POAs for the children! We've run into roadblocks every step of the way without them. Having obtained these documents the last day of enrollment, we were able to get them registered at the very last minute. In light of Wayne's myriad developmental disabilities, it is absolutely essential that we have him assessed for autism by a professional, and put together an IEP to ensure his success in the classroom. This usually takes quite some time, and it's incredibly frustrating that we've been unable to get that process started until now. The important thing is that he's in his first year of school. Tiana is starting 2nd grade, and loves her new school and her teacher. We are still much in need of your financial contributions in order to care for these kids as best we can, and are so grateful for your prayers, positive energy and blessings. We still have a long way to go on this journey, and are unsure what the future holds for them and us. Thank you so much for everything. Aloha

Our donated minivan and a request to share our story even more
August 8, 2023
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Hey guys, wanted to give a few updates on our unexpected, new lives with the kids. We're doing the best we can, and keeping our sanity as best as we can. I'm sure SOME of you read the whole story, and some of you did not. This is an important one! If you have not yet read our story here, please take time to do so. Honestly, I will most likely do a more detailed story in the very near future. As our biggest challenge is financial, If you're not in a position to help financially (which MANY of us are not), I would ask you to take a minute to share our story with friends, family and loved ones (and the most important part, WITH the link to the fundraising page). Each donation, no matter how small, helps more than you know. And the more people who share, the more people see our story, the more potential for possible donations! We have not, and still do not receive ANY aid from the state (as we are simply family members voluntarily taking care of three children), thus preventing the state from having to do so. Let me say this, if you do read our story, it is VERY toned down in order to protect the privacy of and not shame the mother. Use your imagination. Their situation was AWFUL and desperate! Please take time to read the link and share, and if you CAN, contribute. I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Aloha to all. This was one of the most amazing donations we've received from one of my very dear friends! And this was our inaugural ride in the new minivan (grocery getter). The first month of having the kids, we were driving a loaner, small, beat-up pick-up truck with zero ability to accommodate two kids and a baby! 


Christmas in July
July 31, 2023
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We did a Christmas in July for these special kids. Donations from our wonderful friends enabled us to give these beauties a really special day! Thank you guys! Keep us in your minds as we continue on this difficult journey!

Update #3
July 31, 2023
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Hello, all you beautiful people. I wanted to give you an important update on our life with the kids. We recently met with the social worker assigned to our case, and got some shocking news. We were lead to believe that we would be getting quite a bit of assistance from the state. However, based on our unique situation in which we are merely family members voluntarily preventing the children from becoming wardens of the state, we will be receiving absolutely nothing! Obviously, this is a major set-back, and we will be doubling our efforts to find any resources available. As always, each of your contributions are more appreciated than you may know, and we are so very grateful! Please get the word out to your friends and loved ones as our situation continues to change. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Update #2
July 23, 2023
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And speaking of eating healthy...https://youtube.com/shorts/aaHFvLCShJI?feature=share3

Eating Healthy
July 23, 2023
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During Mom and Dad's heroic visit to KC, we're starting to get these kiddos on a regimented and healthy diet (within our financial means). Breakfast is served... Bon Appétit

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