Child suffering from Neglect.

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Hikaru
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   Posted 7/8/2010 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Err. First time being around here, I guess..

Well.. I'm 16 years old, I live in Texas, and I've been suffering from neglect for the past 10 or so years. It started when my father died, when I was only 6, turning 7. My mother completely gave up on the family, and started drinking a year after. A few years down the road, I was taken out of school. I was being bullied, and all I wanted was to do homeschooling. I never got the chance. She completely bailed out on it, and now I've been living without an education. Furthermore, I was taken off of health care because I was not in school. I've been put down most of my life, and the only person I could ever turn to was my girlfriend. Multiple times in the past few days, I've broken down because my emotional stress was just too much. I don't have all the necessary resources to take care of myself, and my mother has refused multiple times to take me to the hospital. I've also dealt with Asthma, and right now I'm dealing with an abscess in my lower right gum. She still drinks, and I don't know what to do. Every person I turned to in my family has turned me down, saying they've given up on trying. I'm adopted, by the way..

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   Posted 7/8/2010 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
You must get ahold of the department of human services. Explain your situation and they will find a way to take care of you. You will probably go to a foster home, but you will get an education this way. You need that in order to be able to make a living in life.

I definately would contact somebody, the police if you have to. Do you see a counselor? You could talk to a counselor. This is not the way that you should live. This is not fair to you.

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harrington49
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   Posted 7/8/2010 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hikaru

I think you should take Karen's advice and ring your Human Services Dept immediately or go in there in person and ask to speak to someone who can help you. They will surely get on top of this straight away and give you the help you need. I am so sorry for your situation.

Why have all your family given up on you? Have they all been neglected as well? Do you have any aunts or uncles that could help you?

Just one thing, I am a little confused about, By reading your post, you sound educated, I was just wondering, that's all.

I hope you get the help you need and please keep posting to let us know how you are doing.
Harrington49


Hikaru
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   Posted 7/8/2010 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I decided to call CPS, and gave them all the information that they had asked for. They said that they relayed the information to the local offices. Thanks for your support guys.

@ Karen: When I was in public school, I had a counselor. Around that time, everything was okay, other than me still not understanding the death of my Father. But, after I was taken out of school, I never really was able to seek help.


@Harrington: The immediate family that I have connections to, mainly my older sister, had simply said she had given up on my mother and trying to get her to take care of me. She also decided to deliberately blame me for what I was facing. I'm sure that they were neglected at younger ages, though I don't really know. Most of my uncles aren't there, I never talk to them, and I never get to see my aunts.

I kind of feel happy that I do sound educated. Even though I was taken out of school, I wanted to work on my grammar skills. A lot of people in my family said I was really smart when I was little. Still, I don't think that's a good reason for me not to have a normal education.

I should get some rest for tomorrow. Once again, thank you for all your support and advice. ^^

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   Posted 7/8/2010 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hikaru

I am so pleased you have contacted the CPS and I hope help is on the way for you soon.

Well I think you are smart, you have very good grammar and spelling so when you get help and finally get settled somewhere I hope so much that you can continue your education because you sound like you want to make something of yourself.

I am at a loss to understand your sister's way of thinking but I guess she has had her problems with your mother also but if that was me, I would be even more determined to help you because you are younger.

Hang in there Hikaru, I am sure things are going to work out for you now, you are a very brave 16 year old and I am so proud of you that you took that big step, and I can only imagine how you felt when you rang the CPS. I hope they act soon for your sake.

Please keep posting and let us know that you are okay, because both Karen and I are thinking of you and you are in my prayers.
Harrington49


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   Posted 7/9/2010 1:33 AM (GMT -7)   
wow what an amazing step you have taken for yourself and your future Hikaru. You should be very proud of yourself for having the courage and the strength to change your situation and give yourself a future.

I am very sorry that you have been treated like that by your family but not everyone in life is like that. There will be someone out there who will love you and treat you the way you should be treated.

Good luck with everything Hikaru!

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   Posted 7/9/2010 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hikuru,
 
I am so happy that you called CPS.  You deserve to have a good stable family.  I am sorry about your mother, but some of us don't have good mothers, I didn't.  But I was lucky to have grandparents that cared. 
 
I hope that this isn't too much for you to deal with, but know that they will find you a good place to live.  Keep us posted on what is going on.  We really do care about you.
 
Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 7/10/2010 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
You did very, very well by calling in CPS.  You deserve a decent life and I think you are amazing at your age to stand up for yourself and try to take control of your life.  I wish you the best,  Please keep us posted.
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Tirzah
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   Posted 7/10/2010 10:43 PM (GMT -7)   
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I would also encourage you to talk to a Youth Crisis Line like 1800RUNAWAY (National Runaway Switchboard -- they don't just help runaways, they help any youth in a bad situation; please know that it is a crime in Texas to runaway & it is a crime in every state for someone to allow a runaway to live with them without the parent's permission) or 18009999999 (Covenant House Nine Line). NRS can help mediate the situation & also can help if CPS doesn't help the first time they come out (usually they want photos of bruises, burns or marks plus 1-2 adult witnesses to the incident -- if you don't have that, many times they will dismiss the case). If there is a family member that your parent(s) will agree to let you live with, that's typically the best option. Second best would be if there is another adult who you know who is willing to take on all the cost & responsibility of caring for you who your parent(s) would allow you to live with.

There are other options, but they are harder to come by. CPS very rarely will remove a child from a home even if there is evidence they are being abused unless they think that the child's life is in immediate danger -- and there must be very clear proof of that. Even if they do remove a child, typically the child is returned to their home after several weeks. Usually they will try to talk to the parents first. Then if they find there is a problem they will try to get the parent to agree to stop the abuse. After a few weeks they will come back & look for abuse. If it's found, they will order the parent to take parenting classes for several weeks. After those classes, they will try some other options. If all else fails, the child usually is removed to a group home for some weeks, and usually returns to their parents' home after that time. The social worker will come out for another visit or two. If everything fails at every instance of the visits, the child will be removed again to the group home. Eventually the parent may permanently lose custody, but at 16 adoption is incredibly unlikely. Most adoptive parents choose children under age 10 to adopt. That means that a 16 year old who is permanently removed from their parent's custody would spend the time until they turn 17 in the group home. At age 17 the State of Texas considers you an adult & you would not be eligible for any continuing services. That means you would have to find housing & food entirely on your own.

I know that's a lot to take in. I wish more than anything it weren't the case. But I want you to at least be dealing with the truth. And even though it's really hard, I think you've shown yourself to be very brave so far & I know you will continue to make good choices for yourself.

You can also ask NRS if there are any youth advocates in your area (sometimes those are part of CPS, but other times there are separate advocates who work with the department of justice). And there are many other options they can explain to you.

Covenant House tends to be slightly better at helping you find counseling services & connecting you with other youth in similar situations. NRS does have a list of counselors as well, but Covenant House is a bit more specialized to help with that. They also have a website with chats (www.nineline.org) -- though I would encourage you in both cases to be careful about what your parents might overhear on the phone or find a log of on your computer later. If possible, it might be best to contact them from school or a friend's house -- wherever you can be safe.

NRS is confidential & they don't trace calls, but if you give them your name, where you're from & tell them about the abuse they are required to file a report with CPS. Sometimes that can be a good option but you should discuss what that means with them first before you give them all that info. Sadly, many times CPS does little or nothing & the parent becomes even angrier & more abusive. I know you are very young to be dealing with this -- that's why I'm suggesting you talk to someone who can walk you through all the options that you might have.

And know that you can always post here. Mostly we can only share from our own experiences, but I know this is a safe place at HW & members always want to try to help each other out.

Please take care of yourself & let us know how things go.

well wishes,
frances

Post Edited (Frances_2008) : 7/10/2010 11:54:32 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 7/10/2010 11:01 PM (GMT -7)   
PS -- Have you looked into JobCorps? They will accept you at age 16 and help you get your high school diploma or GED and also help you with job skills. You stay for as long as is needed to complete your high school education. They provide housing & food. It can be a very good option if you're willing to volunteer in exchange for food, housing & an education. They also pay you a little money, but never very much. The main benefit would be to be in a safe place & get your basic needs met, get an education and meet some nice people while you're there. If you're interested, their website is www.jobcorps.gov/home.aspx

There are also options for later on like AmeriCorps that will help fund a college education (usually only in part, but there are a couple that will pay for your entire 4 years at some public schools). Some of those programs even offer food & housing (not all of them). Usually you have to be at least 18 to get into those programs (some are 17, but they usually don't offer much in return). But it could be an option down the road. They do have career/guidance counselors at JobCorps who can help explain that option & other options once you earn your diploma (maybe scholarships or grants). :)

hope that helps!

Post Edited (Frances_2008) : 7/11/2010 6:55:03 AM (GMT-6)

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