By the time she was 11 years old, McKenna Ahrenholz of Swift County, Minnesota, and her four younger brothers and sisters had endured years of abuse and neglect by her father.

The abuse was frequently reported to child case workers, but each time, time after time, the Ahrenholz children were returned to their father. Even when they asked not to be returned. Every time – seventeen times.


Today, McKenna and her siblings live safely and happily with their grandparents. But in too many cases, Minnesota’s child welfare system continues to fail our state’s children.


Safe Passage for Children advocates for reforms in the child welfare system. As you make your year-end charitable donations, please help us reach our $8,000 goal with a contribution to Safe Passage – and the future of Minnesota children.


Please mail your check today or donate online at and find the header entitled “Give” at the top of the page.


On behalf of Minnesota’s most vulnerable children, thank you.





Rich Gehrman

Executive Director

Safe Passage for Children of Minnesota


P.S. Please consider making part or all of your donation with a check to Safe Passage for Children – Advocates, a companion 501 (c) 4 organization that allows us to do lobbying. Similar to a political campaign, a donation to our advocacy fund will not be tax deductible.