This is dedicated to Travis Holappa who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered on July 25, 2004 in Northern Minnesota. This was all due to meth. I am Travis' mother and I wish to make this devastation turn into a better thing by educating and exposing the truth about meth, the dangers, and the deadly consequences it brings about to individuals and communities.

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Location: Colorado, United States

I want to do what I can to educate people about what is going on around the world with the meth problem. I want people to know about it BEFORE they even get the idea to want to try it. It is a dangerous drug and will ruin your life as well as all those who love you. I am on a mission on behalf of my only son, Travis.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

More foster families, birth parents cooperating (Iowa)

Ties that bind

By JESSE HELLING, Messenger Staff Writer

Though only 5 months old, Jacey Steinkuehler is already something of a trend setter.

Before Jacey was born, her mother, Jennifer Steinkuehler, a recovering meth addict, knew that she needed to get her life together before bringing up a new baby.

Upon entering the hospital, ‘‘I told them my whole story,’’ said Steinkuehler.

As a result, Baby Jacey became one of the more than 4,300 children in the Iowa foster care system.

Enter the Kraayenbrinks of Fort Dodge.

Around the time Jacey was born, Tim and Sally Kraayenbrink received licensure as foster parents.

‘‘We both love children and are interested in the needs of children,’’ said Sally Kraayenbrink, an educator and former principal of St. Paul Lutheran School in Fort Dodge.

Both of the Kraayenbrinks have siblings who are foster parents, she said.

‘‘It was never unusual at family gatherings to have foster children present,’’ Sally Kraayenbrink said.

Ultimately, it was the Kraayenbrink children — Jacy, Taylor and Ben — who encouraged their parents to open their home to foster children.

‘‘We all love babies,’’ said Taylor Kraayenbrink, a student at St. Edmond High School.

Jacey Steinkuehler became the Kraayenbrinks’ first foster daughter soon after her birth.

Even while Jacey lived with her foster family, her mother remained

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