The journey for victims to begin their lives again can be difficult and long, and AVDA supports its clients through the process every step of the way. Andrea Thibodeaux came to AVDA seeking legal custody of her then two-year-old granddaughter, Audrey, in November 2015. Several months earlier, Audrey’s father had brutally murdered her mother during one of the divorced couple’s visitation exchanges. Andrea contacted AVDA for assistance for legal custody of Audrey. With one parent awaiting trial for murder charges and the other deceased, Andrea wanted to give Audrey the best chance for safety and stability. Andrea was awarded custody of Audrey during the spring of 2018.
As part of the healing process in the aftermath of domestic violence trauma, AVDA offers current and former clients and their children an opportunity to have a unique, no-cost camp experience one weekend each June. Camp Carefree serves as an extension of AVDA’s mission to assist victims in escaping abuse and rebuilding their lives to begin again. Pictured are Andrea and Audrey enjoying the beach at the 2018 Camp Carefree.