On October 16, 2016, two little girls, Audrey (age 5) and Ariah (age 4), were murdered at the hands of their father. He then turned the gun on himself.
In the days following the incident, Carmen, their mother, knew that the girls’ short lives in this world must not be in vain. She vowed that their experiences as children in a house where domestic violence loomed would be instrumental in changing the lives of other children living through abuse.
Carmen envisioned an organization that would further the cause in the name of the girls. The Infinite Bond Foundation (IBF) was formed with a mission “to brighten and enrich the lives of children of domestic violence by creating happy experiences and everlasting memories.”
Much like Carmen would take her daughters away from their home to escape the violence, even for just a few hours, the IBF will do the same for children of domestic violence through a referral partnership with domestic violence shelters and behavioral health centers. Among many experiences, children will be treated to events, museums, trips and camps with local athletic teams so that they can experience the happiness to which all children are entitled.
Additionally, the IBF will provide educational scholarships to high school-aged survivors of domestic violence and daycare grants for the younger children.
The IBF is the only nonprofit organization in the nation exclusively dedicated to the children of domestic violence, and is therefore filling a gap to provide support to these young victims.