Brewer family launches non-profit in memory of Evan

Courtesy Carol Brewer
Courtesy Carol Brewer(KWCH)
Published: Jan. 2, 2018 at 4:31 PM CST
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The family of three-year-old Evan Brewer is launching a non-profit aimed at helping families get connected with experts who can help them navigate the legal system to fight for their kids' safety.

Evan's Safe Haven was Evan's father, Carlo Brewer's idea, according to family attorney Shayla Johnston. She said the non-profit will work to connect families with those who can help them save their kids and allow families to utilize these experts in an affordable way.

A GoFundMe has been created to both help the Brewer family pay the more than $10,000 in incurred expenses from fighting for Evan and to help fund Evan's Safe Haven to help future families.

The site reads, "to help parents navigate a legal system designed to profit from--not protect--children. From legal representation to psychologists to forensic pathology and trust, probate and memorial services, this organization will help make credentialed, licensed experts affordable to families in crisis.

"The seeds of it started last April and May after Carlo and I unsuccessfully went to court and could not get anyone to respond to our pleas for help to save Evan," Johnston said. "I remember Carlo telling me no family should have to go through this and he was right."

Johnston said as an attorney for more than 20 years, she still couldn't give Carlo any prediction on who would listen to the family and who would help them get Evan back.

"Through that experience we decided that no matter what happened, something needed to change," Johnston said.

Johnston said this non-profit is also a way to channel and funnel the family's disappointment and sadness.

To access the family's GoFundMe site for the non-profit, click here.