12-Year Old Girl Survived Abuse, Now Advocating for Other Children in “the System”


(October 2016) McKenna Ahrenholz is not your average 12 year old… she is a survivor of child abuse and neglect; she is wise beyond her years. McKenna’s earliest memories involve being “in the system”. She and her 4 siblings have been involved with multiple child protective agencies from across the state for most of their lives.

McKenna is now using her story to raise awareness about abuse, and the experiences of being involved with CPS, and state care. She has given public testimony at the Legislative Taskforce on Child Protection, where she urged lawmakers to protect the rights of foster children. Of those rights, is to be represented in court by a volunteer attorney. Without an attorney, foster children do not have a representative in court. In cases like McKenna’s, they may be returned to an abusive home because no one is looking out for them.

The people who make the laws like yourselves need to hear us children who are the ones going through such a crazy life.” ~ McKenna Ahrenholz

Read McKenna’s story at: Children at Risk: Foster Children’s Rights Ignored


About EJ

Parenting Abused Kids (PAK) reflects the personal thoughts and opinions of "EJ" sharing her experiences of surviving domestic abuse and injustice in family court. PAK also includes news and informational articles about abuse and family court issues. The purpose of PAK is to raise awareness of the challenges domestic abuse survivors to rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic abuse, compounded with the struggles of ongoing family court litigation. PAK will also discuss and raise awareness about issues related to parenting children who have been abused, and often present with emotional and behavioral problems. Parenting Abused Kids is not affiliated with any professional group, political group, organization or religious affiliation. My sincere love and support goes out to abuse survivors and their children. I am so sorry for what you have endured, and pray your lives will be filled with the happiness you so deserve. Thank-you for visiting!
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