Sunday, April 27, 2008

The problems in Jeff and Naoko's marriage are their own business. Everyone has a different opinion on why it didn't work out. The bottom line is that it didn't. But just because people stop being a couple, they don't stop being parents. And neither the State of Washington nor the Nation of Japan has the right to steal Jeff's rights as a father or Chloe's right to two parents.

Jeff and I have written to several state officials. Last week I finally got a response from Washington State Representative Rick Larsen. Thank you Representative Larsen for being kind enough and compassionate enough to answer personally. Your letter meant a lot to us. But despite your words to the contrary, I honestly believe there are things you could do to help children like Chloe and parents like Jeff. I'm just a mother and grandmother, so I have no clue about the workings of government. But there has to be something.

My younger son says the government won't help with this issue as they don't want to rock the boat with Japan. I hope that's not true.

Chloe's Grandma

Thursday, April 24, 2008

To begin with...

I've never bothered with blogging before. Don't get me wrong....I love to write, and I've been posting on bulletin boards and the internet for longer than I care to mention. But blogging just seemed (to me) to be for people who actually had a message to get across.

Well, now I have a message. Now I know that, as heartbreaking as divorce and custody issues can be for all involved, it's even more tragic when a child is taken entirely out of the reach of one or the other parent. I've learned, firsthand, how frustrating it can be when even the government can't seem to help. And I'm learning just how many children are victims of parental abduction every year. Maybe if more people know about these issues, something can be done to guarantee all children a right to both parents.

So, this is a beginning. In the scheme of things, our Chloe has only been gone a short time. But as little as I know about this issue thus far, I know enough to understand that the longer we wait to take action, the harder it becomes to get our kids back. And when you're only almost three years old, even a week away from the people you love can feel like forever.

Chloe's Grandma