Ten years ago she was living a first-class lifestyle in New York's upper east side. Now a Kiwi mother-of-two is trapped in a cockroach-infested homeless shelter while she fights a custody battle.
Kellie Hendry, 39, fled an abusive relationship two years ago and is desperate to return to New Zealand. But a United States court won't let her children, Lili, 7, and Cameron, 5, leave the country until the dispute is resolved. Lili was born in Christchurch.
In a bizarre legal quirk, US authorities have designated Ms Hendry an illegal immigrant and barred her from working. And she has been left frustrated because an application to Work and Income New Zealand for the International Custody Disputes Benefit was declined - because she doesn't have a valid US visa.
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28-07-2012 07:01 #1
Kiwi mum and children trapped in US
28-07-2012 07:06 #2
She's just one of many mothers in this kind of situation.
DHs cousin had her children removed from her and returned to the US. She has fought for custody and been denied as she has no way of working the US and they won't let her remove them from the country.
Even here in Australia parents are trapped, if for whatever reason they can't work... illness, temporary disability, visa issues, they have no government assistance to support their children, they can't take their child back to their homeland where they'll be supported by social welfare there.
There needs to be a shift in legislation where parents in these situations get working rights and social welfare rights in order to support their children and remain in their lives.
01-08-2012 00:53 #3
This is awful. And I love how the governments just pass the buck.
Is there anything we can do?
01-08-2012 08:20 #4
I just can't imagine being in a situation where you could potentially be forced to abandon your children in a foreign country.
03-08-2012 17:39 #5
Well if you find anything please let me know. Would love to help.
And that includes women on this forum.
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