Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Thank you

Dear Readers,

I would like to personally thank all of you who have e-mailed us and who have shown your support here.

I remember a time when Cathy Corry and I talked about the early days of our advocacy work and how much of the work we had to do ourselves. We learned about the "Power of One". Today, it is refreshing to know that we are not alone in this fight, that there are many others who have devoted time and energy to our organizations because they have the same vision we do - to stop children from being abused in residential treatment settings and in the juvenile justice systems.

CAICA could not exist without you - its dedicated Board of Directors, Volunteers, and those who Support our work. It truly is a Coalition of Parents, Advocates, Laywers, Survivors, and others who have all come together for a common cause - to help stop child abuse in all residential treatment settings.

During times of adversary it is important to remember our purpose and our goals so that we do not get distracted from what it is we are trying to accomplish.

Together we can, and do, make a difference in the lives of children!

Isabelle Zehnder
Founder and President
Coalition Against Institutionalized Child Abuse (CAICA)
www.caica.org
info@caica.org

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wanted to share the comments others have left to show their support:

Mark Caldwell said...
I will tell your readers one thing you have helped and supported me when my son had his head beat into a concrete floor and all of the other abuse by Dozier staff, my son is still going through this being trapped in a failed system, and I might have broken down, if it had not been for your support in to many ways to type out, and the fact that you still support us and offer your kind help, {never asking for anything in return}, in dealing with this nightmare is real! These people who are making insults and threats, are living in a false reality, they do not know you like we do Isabelle!
If these people want a true abuse story let them call me at 251-947-9477 and I will tell them about how my son has been illegally incarcerated since the age of 13 in Florida's failed Juvenile Justice system and is still being abused by the state of Florida now age 18! How you have helped me to deal with this, and the blogs, and emails, and letters to press and media and trying to bring this abuse to public attention so we can stop it, not just the abuse of my son, but we have found so much more since we started and continue to work on this together, and your skills Isabelle, are excellent in helping others unconditionally!
We love and thank you for your continuing support, and you are an Angel to me and my family!
Most sincerely, Mark Caldwell, I love you son!!!!

July 4, 2007 6:17 AM


Anonymous said...
CAICA, you have my full support!!!

July 4, 2007 11:20 AM


Anonymous said...
Isabelle, I just wanted to also leave MY support for you here. Your readers need to know how much you have also helped me and my family. Without your support, and guidance I too would have broken down. These people don't realise the work and time you put into helping us, the family's that have had children in the Florida DJJ system. I can't express the appreciation that we have for all the time and effort that you have put into helping us and putting out press releases, bring our story to the Country, and never giving up in helping to stop the abuse. My son was held in the Florida DJJ system as well, without your support for him and for us, well, I don't know what we all would have done. Your readers need to know that you were there for us, never asking for anything in return!!
Whoever this group is, and this Patti Atwoods, needs to realise also that what they are doing is pure slander and liable!! Please those that hear or read any of this person's comments and defamation's against Isabelle KNOW that they are LIES and being done to purposely discredit her work.
This woman, Patti Atwoods, and these people are scum for doing this, as in doing so, they are trying to stop Isabelle from saving those who are abused, and giving all she has to
help those in need of her, and most important the kids in this God awful system!! Never give up Isabelle.. your work is the proof of your dedication to all abused Kids and family!!!
Thank you so very much for being there for us Isabelle!!! You are also our Angel!!

July 4, 2007 12:27 PM


Anonymous said...
Isabelle has been nothing but helpful to me and my daughter since I pulled my child from Majestic Ranch Academy in Feb of 2005 after she had spent 4 months there. Isabelle is an honest person, truly trying to help the huge number of abused kids in bogus "programs" which prey on desperate parent's worst fears. You do good work, Isabelle, and CAICA is a godsend for many of us trapped between a rock and a hard place in dealing with a system that truly does not care about kids, and greedy,inhumane "programs" that claim to help our kids, when in reality they make a bad situation much worse, after picking the family's pockets.
Tricia Bolster

July 4, 2007 12:28 PM


Dawn Chase said...
I cannot believe that this person would be so bold as to make such horrible statements, and threats to you Isabelle. I cannot thank you enough for the support and the friendship that you have given me and my Son Christopher Sholly.
He too was abused in the Florida DJJ system, and had his childhood and adolescent years stolen from him.
These rotten people do not know the support that you offer to us.
You've given us the support and help without asking for anything in return. I want to thank you for this. Your readers need to know that these people are guilty of defamation of your character, and slander. ANYONE that talks against a person that is only out there to help STOP abuse of children is guilty of abuse to each of them, and to the family's that have had to endure the pain of knowing that they are helpless against this system! Chalk all of this up to their ignorance Isabelle, and KNOW that you too have support from all of the family's and kids that you have helped and been there for!!! We love you, and thank you!!
Dawn Chase
Mother of a VICTIM of DJJ abuse!

July 4, 2007 3:38 PM


Cathy Corry, JUSTICE4KIDS.ORG said...
Isabelle and CAICA,

Tragically, many children suffer abuse by people entrusted to care for them. You are the bright light that shines over this evil darkness! I have the utmost respect for your devotion to child advocacy and I believe that you have saved many lives!

Those who slander or marginalize child advocates are typically the same people who profit from the child-warehousing industry.

I have encountered similar evildoers in my advocacy work over the past seven years. Sadly, corruption, injustice and evil are so widespread. I have come to view our advocacy as 'good' against the 'evil'. We are often the only voice to save the children!

July 4, 2007 7:02 PM


Julie Hoefs said...
Isabelle and Ciaca were extremely supportive and helful to me and my family when my 7 year old niece Angellika "Angie" was killed due to being held in a prone restraint. She got paid nothing and still she worked very hard to spread the word to show how dangerous prone restraint is. It sickens me to think somebody would try to discredit the work you do. For someone to waste that much of your time when you could be helping someone who truely needs it is just sad!!! We appreciate Ciaca and Isabelle!!!!!

July 5, 2007 5:13 AM

Anonymous said...

Dear Isabelle,
Throughout the last year and a half, I have come to know and trust you. You were the only advocate who took the time to talk, listen and gain my trust. I have dealt with many professionals in the 9 years I have been managing my child's problems. You are the only one who has gone the distance to hold accountable those who assult, molest, torture and murder innocent children.

The professionals that are entrusted with our "problem" children are lacking compassion, vision, and patience. They are under paid by those who are flush with the high dollar payments the parents make hoping for REAL help for their children.

I brought my child home from a WWASP program after learning that a staff was having sex with one of the students there. The school covered up the crime. Other parents shut their eyes and claimed that "we" (the parents who knew for a fact it was true) we're lying, as an excuse to bring our child home.

My child was not totally ready to return to regular public school. I kept my child home for another nine months. During this time, I became acquainted with you and the services CAICA provides. Your support and coaching provided validation, clarity and insight in what to do next.

I am aware of the slander, defamation and threats of harm to your foundation, self and family. After reading posts about you on this offending web site, I not only found it to be vile but the level of dishonesty is appalling. Their intent is criminal. Please know that I support you 100%. I am available when you need me, as you have been there for me & my child.

In all sincerity and support,
Name withheld until pending lawsuit is settled.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Isabelle

I want your readers to know just how important your work is, and how much you helped our family when we were faced with removing my son from Tranquility Bay in Jamaica.

It was such a trying time, and you took time off from your busy schedule to talk with me, and calm my daughter, and help us make an informed decision.

You went out of your way to sway us from placing him in any other facility, and never once mentioned another facility as an alternative.

You spent many hours on the phone, writing letters, and sending emails to the appropriate authorities, all without ever asking for anything in return.

The statements being made on that website are slanderous lies, and I agree that it boarders on being acts of criminal-like behavior. They are trying very hard to mutilate the great work you've done for so many families, and with God's help, will continue to do for as long as you're willing and able. And your record speaks for itself, and try as they might, they can't change the facts that you are a true child advocate.

Thank you again for all the support you've given us over these past few months.

Anonymous

July 5, 2007 4:08 PM

Anonymous said...

Julie D. said...

Isabelle is a woman of great courage and conviction. She has never given her service for the money. She has great concern for those that can't help themselves and has tirelessly devoted herself to this cause. Those who would discredit her need to take a look at themselves.

July 6, 2007 9:02 PM

Diana Matthews said...

Wow .I have known You and The web CAICA site for over four years now , Since the MURDER of my son Daniel in Florida PCDJJ.......This is insaine to accuse you of anything ! You are amoungst the few that help me to keep going were I may have just ended my life due to the otrositys that occure to ower children on a daily bases ....Caica has always help me in any request I have sent many over the years about other children .Such as help for Mark Caldwell.....Not once have I ever heard the words money or donate to Caica.Org...Yet have witnessed much help for familys in need .....For any that dought it I will more then give detail...Sweetie I am so mad at reading this email .I can not think at the moment.....Why is it so hard for PEOPLE TO SEE CHILDREN ARE OUR MOST PRESOIUSE GIFT GIVEN US....Diana Matthews

Anonymous said...

Diana Matthews said...

Wow .I have known You and The website CAICA site for over four years now , Since the MURDER of my son Daniel in Florida PCDJJ.......

This is insaine to accuse you of anything ! You are amongst the few that help me to keep going where I may have just ended my life due to the atrocities that occure to our children on a daily basis ....

CAICA has always help me in any request I have sent and I have sent many over the years about other children.

Such as help for Mark Caldwell .... Not once have I ever heard the words money or donate to Caica.Org...

Yet I have witnessed much help for families in need .....For any that doubt it I will more then happy to give details ...

Sweetie I am so mad at reading this email. I can not think at the moment..... Why is it so hard for PEOPLE TO SEE CHILDREN ARE OUR MOST PRECIOUS GIFT GIVEN US....

Diana Matthews

July 11, 2007 2:35 PM