My name is Wendy Reed, I am the mother of Kevin Gainey's son that you highlighted this evening in your "Daddy do over" / "Deadbeat to Devoted" segment on
Fathering courts. My son's name is Nicholaus who is now 19 years old and has little if anything to do with his father. Mr. Kevin Gainey has continued to play
the system for years and now he has been featured on the local news, which leaves me flabbergasted. I am appauled that Channel 4 news would cover a story without
the complete details.
Just to clarify.. Nick was born without his father even around, Kevin returned to Missouri after his drug induced haze in California when Nick was almost a year old.
Kevin became a decent father for several years, when I fell on hard times and I let Nick live with his father for 3 years when he was 5 years old. When Nick was 8
(not 10) I remarried and Nick came home with me, his sister and his new step father, because Kevin had lost his home and in fact he came to live with us as well.
Kevin has lived with me and my husband many times over the years all the while trying to get his act together. He never has... Kevin has been living in "the welcome house"
for over a year, with no intentions of moving. Kevin has never kept a real job, because that would mean he would have his wages garnished for child support.
He has ducked, dodged and played the child support courts for years. And to this day I have recieved no more than 2,000 dollars in child support from him in 19 years.
Now that he is in "the fathering program" he has been ordered to pay 50 dollars a month and I recieved 189.74 in the last year. Your report suggested that the "fathering program"
gives these deadbeats a chance to make themselves better so they can be a positive role model in their children's lives, well I haven't seen it nor has my son.
You stated Kevin speaks to his son on a regular basis, well this is only when Mr. Gainey is not drunk or high on methamphetamine.( These are not baseless aligations
I am making, these are the facts) Thank you for perpetuting Kevin's play on the system as a whole.
After your repeated promos and report this evening, I have had calls from people all the way from Nick himself to freinds and family members that lived
through this hell with me and my son. My son is embarrassed and my freinds and family that have helped raise and support Nicholaus his whole life,(Not his father,
Kevin Gainey) are as shocked as I am that the true players in this story were not contacted for their side.
If you would like to report the facts, Me and my son would be happy to tell our story.
The "Fathering program" is just another avenue for these "fathers" to escape their responsibilities!
My current husband was one of the first fathers to enter this program and he got the other end of the deal... he pays child support and NEVER gets to see
his children! I don't see where this program has benifited anyone frankly.