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Butterfly Release Benefits Child Abuse Prevention Program


Parents of newborn children in the Fox Valley have better resources thanks to a fundraiser Saturday. 

One-thousand butterflies were released by families in northeast Wisconsin to support Family Service's Parent Connection, an early learning and child abuse prevention program. 

"Our tag line is "helping families fly" and that's really what our parent connection program does. It helps first time parents through that rough transition time of coming home with a new baby," says Susanne Lumsden, the event chair.

Jessica Fendrick knows the struggle all too well.

Her nephew, Wyatt, was born addicted to heroin.

She took him home from the intensive care when he was just 15 days old and he's been her foster child since.

With the help of family services and after a 3 1/2 year process, the adoption was complete last October. 

"The release of the butterfly for my family is really significant," said Fendrick. "We lost a sister, but taking him and releasing that butterfly just included him more in the family and letting all the past go for him." 

Family services raised $65,000 Saturday, exceeding its goal of $60,000.

With the money, the organization hopes to hire an additional home visitor to meet with families and children in order to prevent child abuse. 

Action 2 News' Jennifer Ann Wilson was the event's emcee.

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