I have decided to share a handful of testimonial letters about me, Peter Thomas Senese, and my volunteer work as a child advocate in hope that it might inspire you to get involved and volunteer with any organization or charitable organization that is dedicated to helping others.
Rescuing children from international abduction and kidnapping is not an easy task: however, working within the confines of the law, I am very pleased to share that there have been many, many children of international parental child abduction who have been reunited and returned home due directly to the great efforts, financial, legal, and investigative resources of the self funded, not for-profit I CARE Foundation that I am the Founding Director of.
There is little in this world that is more satisfying than seeing a targeted parent and their abducted child embrace one another after abduction.
Sometimes rescuing a child means finding and bringing that child home from the country they were abducted to. Other times, rescuing a child means stopping a child from being abducted to begin with.
Neither are easy to do, particularly since the climate for international child abduction makes it easy for a child kidnapper to abduct their child abroad without consent of the other parent or a court order.
I have provided a sampling of the many sworn letters written about my and the I CARE' Foundations activity and character by parents we have helped to emphasize exactly what we have done. I am proud of the volunteer work we have put forth, while also being reminded on a daily basis that there is so much work that still must be done.
Additionally, I make no qualm over the fact that I believe I have a great responsibility to help other parents and their targeted children. Remember - my and the I CARE Foundation's activity evolves in part around stopping kidnappers from stealing children. And we're becoming very good at it.
This also means that there will be times when my or the foundation's character will be attacked, particularly by anonymous or made-up individuals who will use the Internet to defame my reputation or our activity. Why? Because we have gotten in the way or intend to get in the way of their plan to kidnap or detain a child. In addition, and as you may imagine, there are times when child abusers and spouse abusers try to gain favor with the I CARE Foundation or me, and seek our assistance by concealing their abusive nature. This is a delicate issue because often in cases of international parental child abduction, targeted parents almost always are accused of abuse. In the vast majority of cases, these claims are false. However, there are times when abuse does occur. Neither I nor the I CARE Foundation will tolerate abuse. If a person seeking assistance from either me or the foundation is determined to either have abused a child or spouse, or, if there is a high probability that abuse took place, we will not under any circumstance assist them. Which means . . . we become their advisory.
I invite you to read any number of the many sworn testimonials about how I and the foundation have protected a rather large number of children. And you have my word . . . our work in only just beginning. In fact, the I CARE Foundation continues to build a large, highly trained national network of lawyers willing to come to the aid of at-risk children.
So if you take anything from what I have shared I hope it is this: your voice really does matter.