Please give whatever you can to help Jailynn stay in the only home she’s ever known with the only family she’s ever known.
Following the premature death of Jailynn’s 25-year-old mother, Brenda Casten, who recently lost her battle with acute myeloid leukemia, a custody battle has ensued between Jailynn’s step-father and biological grandparents. Jailynn’s grandparents, who immigrated from Mexico, have a history of child abuse to the extent that their daughter (Jailynn’s mother), Brenda Casten, was permanently removed from their care and made a ward of the state during her childhood. Consequently, Brenda fell through the cracks in foster care and never received citizenship in the United States, which ultimately led to her death when she was denied healthcare benefits that would have facilitated a life-saving bone marrow transfusion. Now, the same people who were found guilty of child abuse and who set the stage for Brenda’s premature passing are seeking custody of a granddaughter they barely know.
Jailynn’s step father, Sean Casten, is a stand-out citizen and father. He raised Jailynn with his wife, Brenda Casten, from infancy to present along with his own biological daughter. Ripping Jailynn’s current family apart for the sake of biology will not only sever bonds Jailynn has enjoyed since infancy, but could perpetuate a documented history of child abuse by Jailynn’s biological grandparents.