I don’t even know how to do this but here goes. Here is our story. I’m 42 yrs old, work full time, divorced, no children of my own & 2 dogs. In February 2022 my sister was reported to DCF (child protective services) for drug abuse accusations. When the investigators went to her house, she called me to come get her son, my nephew. She told him she was going to kill him for telling other adults about what she was doing and threatened to rip his face off. Now, as you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking she was just speaking out of anger and would never do this for real. However to a 15 yr old autistic boy, she was 100% truthful and meant what she said. He was terrified. I picked him up, where he has been since. Due to the situation and stress at work I chose my mental health over money and chose to take some time off. My job, unfortunately doesn’t pay the best and I depend on overtime and bonuses to stay afloat. The added stress of someone else in the house, and increased food and utilities have cause a huge strain on me financially. I have just applied for government assistance but who knows how long that will take. And I’m terrified his mother will try to get him back if I do get assistance for him. I need to file for legal temporary guardianship for him so this won’t happen. Legal aid can’t help me because they have represented her in the past. So it’s a conflict of interest. So I’m left to my own means to get an attorney, file for legal temp guardianship, AND support us on a regular basis.
I’ve never been more afraid in my life. I don’t know where else to turn. I don’t have family that can help unfortunately. And my credit is shot due to some bad decisions on my part in the past. Regardless, I’m here to ask for help. I don’t have a dollar amount. Honestly anything will help. I know the attorney requires a $3000 retainer, and I do get a discount through my employer, but she won’t even begin working without the retainer. And I understand that. I just don’t have it. I’ve not paid my rent in 2 months which terrifies me even more that I may lose the roof over our heads because of this. So I’m a little desperate. I hate having to ask for anything from anyone but this is my last ditch effort to try to dig us out of this hole until we can hopefully get some financial aid from the government. In the mean time, I’m praying some strangers will help me.
I know everything will work out in the end. Everything happens for a reason and God has a plan. I feel whole heartedly I didn’t have children because He knew this kid would need me. So I have faith I will be ok. But the worry is hard to look past.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post.