I met Kelly Rutherford three years ago when we’d both arrive early to pick up our children at their nursery school. I saw her every single day: our kids became fast friends, and I got to know Kelly as one of the most loving, dedicated mothers I’ve ever met. I never could’ve imagined that a court ruling would separate Kelly from her children and put the Atlantic ocean between them.
My friend Kelly is fighting to be reunited with her children after what ABC News called “one of the worst custody decisions ever.” California Family Court Judge Theresa Beaudet ordered Kelly’s six-year-old son Hermes and her three-year-old daughter Helena to live in France with their German father (her ex-husband) after his visa was revoked. It’s been just devastating for them.
This petition is about bringing Kelly’s beautiful children back home to the life they know, in the only country they’ve ever known. There is no good reason for Kelly’s boy and girl to be forced to live across the Atlantic.
Kelly’s children have been taken away from their school, their friends, and their doctors.
As you can imagine, Kelly is constantly worried about the emotional and psychological toll this is taking on her children, who have done nothing to deserve this chaos.
I want you to know that Kelly is not your average mother. She is the mom who sews the Spiderman mask back together when it rips, the mom who has lollipops in her purse at all times just in case she comes across a child crying, at school, at the airport, anywhere. She is the mom who will eat the crazy-looking birthday cake her kids made for her, just because it's made of love.
Kelly is a caring and generous friend, and most importantly, a truly exceptional mother. To see her now, separated from Hermes and Helena, enduring the worst possible agony a mother can experience, pushes me to reach out for help.
Thank you for signing this petition to help reunite my dear friend Kelly Rutherford with her children.