Thank you to Barbara Thompson for the latest update on David Goldman: The Brazilian Supreme Court ruled in his favor, and Sean will be coming home!
Last week: This morning, on David’s site, Bring Sean Home, one of the moderators has confirmed that Brazil has appealed the court’s decision to return Sean to his father. The New York Times, reported on Tuesday evening that Brazil will not let Sean go home. The Times also quoted Bernard Aronson, a former United States assistant secretary of state for Latin America who is advising David Goldman.
“Brazil needs to define itself as either a nation of laws or a nation that harbors and protects child abductors,…”
U.S. Rep. Christopher Smith (R) of New Jersey is one of many politicians — including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — who is urging Congress to bring Sean back to the U.S. Stay tuned….
When I first wrote about David Goldman — the New Jersey father whose wife abducted their son — almost one year ago on my blog, not many people had heard of him.
I hadn’t — and I was a bit skeptical at first. But like thousands of people around the world, I got quickly drawn in:
Exactly five years ago, David Goldman’s then-wife, Bruna, planned to take their son, Sean, to Brazil to visit her family. She boarded a plane in Newark, NJ — and never came back.
In the meantime, Bruna remarried and then tragically died in childbirth. After her death, her second husband petitioned a Brazilian court to take David Goldman’s name off Sean’s birth certificate.
An international custody battle ensued, and David has been battling to get his son back. (Even President Obama raised the custody issue with the Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva during a private meeting.)
It’s one of those stories that breaks your heart. During the past five years, the Brazilian government has only let David see his Sean once, for a total of six hours.
This week, however, a Brazilian court has agreed to return Sean — who is now nine — to his father.
Thanks to an outpouring of support from media and parents — more than 40,000 people on Facebook signed on to support him — David will be reunited with Sean on Wednesday, June 3rd at the U.S. Consulate in Rio De Janeiro.
David site has announced “Victory!” Already, however, some news sites have reported that Brazil might appeal the ruling.
Let’s hope not. Of course, Sean will need lots of support and counseling back in the United States. No doubt, his primary language now is Portuguese. And he’s leaving his little sister, step-father, and other family members behind.
Do you have any advice for David to make this transition as smooth as possible for his son?
I’m sure that he’d appreciate any words of wisdom from you.
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