Turpins lack access to $1 million in donations – San Bernardino Sun

The 13 Turpin children are having difficulty obtaining more than $1 million in donations that is being held by two charities as they attempt to rebuild their lives after years of abuse at the hands of their parents, the attorney for some of the adults said.

Jack Osborn of Brown White & Osborn said in a filing in Riverside County Probate Court that the SAFE Family Justice Centers, which he says has $209,000 in a trust, and the Jayc Foundation, which he said holds about $1 million, have not provided information about the trusts to the county Public Guardian.

Osborn, therefore, plans to reach out to the charities, his filing said.

In an interview on Friday, March 11, Osborn said he does not question the legitimacy of the charities.

“But the missing piece is that the Turpins do not seem to have a clear idea how to access the money,” Osborn said.

Jack Osborn, an attorney with Brown White & Osborn, said the Turpin children lack information on how to access more than $1 million in donations being held by two charities. (Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Katie Gilbertson, executive director of SAFE Family Justice Centers, said in a text message that their money is reaching the Turpins.

“We continue to expend these funds according to our donor guidelines and requests from the siblings (which we receive daily). In addition, we have leveraged additional donations and resources in order to extend the longevity of our funds.”

The Jayc Foundation was created by Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was kidnapped when she was 11 and was freed after 18 years. Nancy Seltzer, a spokesperson for the foundation, on Friday referred questions to a statement to donors that she attributed to Dugard and Joshua Turpin:

“Each child’s share of the funds will be held in trust for a period of time as they establish some financial independence.  Plans are for the adults to receive a monthly allowance and also get educational assistance along with help in obtaining transportation and computer equipment. They fully support the idea of using the funds thoughtfully and gradually, and they are delighted to know that concerned donors want to improve their situation,” the statement says in part.

A spokesperson for the Public Guardian, which oversees a separate trust that helps pay for housing and other expenses for the Turpins, could not be reached for comment Friday.

The Turpins, physically and cognitively stunted, escaped their Perris home in January 2018 when 17-year-old Jordan snuck out and called 911. Jennifer, Jordan and Joshua complained in a November 2021 interview with ABC News that they had difficulty obtaining safe housing, adequate food and cash assistance.

Their plight prompted the county to hire Stephen Larson, a former federal judge, to investigate the county’s care of the Turpins and others. A report is due March 31, but Larson has not yet received conservatorship documents that must be ordered released by a judge. That judge, Kenneth Fernandez, said Thursday that he has the document request “under submission.”

Fernandez on Thursday ordered the release of documents related to the conservatorship and trust fund. Those documents were not available Friday.

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