Restoring Families: Louanna, Eli and Iris


Louanna Eli and Iris in November 2020
Louanna Eli and Iris in November 2020

Louanna, Eli, and Iris

Louanna was a young mom when she came to Vogel with her daughter, Iris. Both bright and hopeful, they joined the Vogel family. But as Louanna worked with our social worker, we learned that she had another child, Eli.

Louanna had been in an abusive relationship. Eli’s father was an addict. In one domestic violence incident, Louanna was hospitalized and her infant son, Eli, was taken. Although Eli was with extended family, he was never “given back.” Louanna, with limited resources, thought she’d never see her little boy again.

Having been in the foster system herself, Louanna knew that her son needed his mom. But what could she do?

At Vogel, Louanna worked 1:1 with her case worker, who gave guidance Louanna needed to pursue custody. Together they found the right resources to secure Eli’s return. Vogel stood by Louanna through a two-year legal battle when finally Eli, Louanna, and Iris were reunited.

Here at Vogel, we often hear stories like Louanna’s. 90% of our kids come from single-parent homes, usually led by a mom. A mom who herself is in trauma. Our mission is to rebuild these lives.

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