With all the drama of the past 4 weeks I've barely had time to log-on to Facebook & I apologise for not responding sooner to everyone's wonderful words expressing their happiness at Andrew being found.
I am still in Amsterdam & have just started working through several complex legal processes to begin the process of hav...ing Andrew returned to Australia. At this stage I don't know how long that will take.
Andrew is still in the care of the Dutch child protection agency but he & I now see each other regularly. He loves every visit & doesn't want them to end.
I feel so sad about what he's been through - particularly now that I know more about it - but I feel so proud about how much he resisted everyone's attempts to turn into someone he isn't.
Andrew is being supported through the process of re-establishing his relationship with me by a team of child psychologists who are helping him work through some difficult issues that a six year old child should never have to deal with but he's a strong & determined little boy & he's making great progress.
Andrew's mother (Melinda) is still being held in custody in The Netherlands & the Australian Government has requested she be extradited to face charges in Australia.
I am looking forward to the day when Andrew & I can begin to do some normal things that dads & their kids do the world over. Things like riding bicycles together (maybe not 6500 km though); kicking a ball in a park; looking at cars & motorbikes, & exploring nature.
In the meantime Andrew & I will do the best we can together under the circumstances. At least we're reunited & that's a big step forward.
Many thanks again to everyone who followed the Global Search for Andrew on Facebook & who are still following the latest developments. Despite attempts by some lawyers to have it shut down, I'm still keeping the www.findandrew.com website & the blog that's linked to it up-to-date for anyone who wants to keep informed.
Ken & Andrew