Mothers, sharing their testimonials, hope they will benefit you and your children. However, The Custody Project gives no warranty, guarantee, or promise as to their authenticity, verifiability, accuracy, effectiveness, wisdom, or truth, nor is TCP responsible for their content, and The Custody Project does not endorse, have any responsibility for, or exercise control over these testimonials, organizations’ and agencies’ views, services, and information. Testimonials are updated from time to time and we have every reason to believe these are worthy of consideration.

Those assisted by The Custody Project often require privacy and anonymity. However, if we have assisted you and you are willing to provide a testimonial, please let us know.


"Your Program has given me and others hope to come out of the long dark tunnel. Thank You from the bottom of my ... heart."

Annette, California
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"Thank you for your support and encouragement! The Custody Project helped us with our housing. TCP's grant was used to replace a canvas roof on our Camper Westfalia that was our temporary home. A humble home for a severe hemophiliac and his big sister."

Katrina, Hawaii
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"The Custody Project was very helpful monetarily to me and very supportive to me personally. When I needed it most, TCP was there. It made my kids' Christmas that year and I was able to pay the heating bill. TCP played a big part in getting us back together."

Robinette, California
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"I received the check you sent and cannot thank you enough for the generosity of your good work. Your project is so helpful and important."

Anonymous, California
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"How grateful I am, not only for the emotional support, but because The Custody Project enabled us to have Christmas that year. It meant having a Christmas tree and being able to pay the heating bill. The gesture was extended; TCP actually cared enough to help."

Jeanne, Washington
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"I've dealt with an abusive man and corrupt legal system for years. The result has been very costly financially. Fortunately, The Custody Project was able to help me with visitation costs. Please add this cause and donate. You will make a huge difference in the life of a child and the family who loves them. Thank you."

Susan, California
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In June of 2002, I sent my children on their usual yearly summer holiday to their father in England. Unlike the previous 4 years, my children were not returned. I went to a number of different agencies to ask for help (police and D.A. included) but was turned away because I had no official custody papers. I was told to "Get a lawyer," all of whom quoted me over $20,000 to start! I had no way of even coming up with a few hundred, leaving me in a place of despair for what ended up to be months of no contact with my girls, ages 11 and 8.

It was not until January of 2003 that I found the help I needed through The Custody Project. I was finally given the information I needed to get my children safely home. I did not need a lawyer and found out I only needed to fill out one piece of paper with a pen!!!

Luckily for me the country that my children were in PAID FOR ALL COURT EXPENSES. If this happens to you or someone you know, contact:

U.S. Department of State
The Office of Children's Issues
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
888.407.4747 (8-8 EST)
E-mail: AskCI@state.gov
The Office of Children's Issues
Child Abduction

International parental abduction (or retention in my case) is NOT unusual. The form you need to fill out is called a Hague Convention Application. There are many countries that all co-operate to make sure custody laws are enforced under The Hague Convention. You DO NOT NEED TO HAVE LEGAL CUSTODY to apply. You can receive additional information online." (Note: See Tips for Moms and the U.S. Department of State on our Support Links for further information).

Melissa, California
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"I just wanted to call you up and let you know that I'm thinking about you. I want to thank you for everything that you've done for me. ... I just want to let you know that I'm forever indebted to you because, at the time that I needed a word of encouragement, when I needed financial resources, you and your agency were there for me, and you were able to help me get through this difficult time in my life. I just want you to know that I'm indebted to you, so I thank you. You're in my prayers. Words can't express how I feel towards you and the agency so, again, thank you. Hope all is well." (Left as a phone message in 2012, several years after helping this mother).

Grace, California
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