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We have a friend that we camp with that is a single parent.

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We have a friend that we camp with that is a single parent. The other night this person stayed up all night drinking and could barely stand and talk much less care for the children (age 14 and 16) and their two friends. By the time 7:am rolled around the single parent had screwed the top off of another bottle of beer and had been up for 24 hours. We cautioned the person that if something were to happen to any of the children in his/her care (either the dependents or the friends) that it would bring big trouble.

The response was that "my sister and her husband (both drunkl) or my mom (had been drinking) or any of my friends (all had been drinking) can take care of the kids...or, if they were not able to take care of them I could always call and ambulance".

This person needs to realize that his/her actions were wrpmgl. What legal action could have been imposed? Had an ambulance been called he/she would have rode along, I think the person would have been arrested?? Please Helpl
Thanks for your question. I woudl report this person to children's protective services. This is really inappropriate here. I woudl not camp with them anymore as they are headed for trouble. But for the protection of the children report this. My suspicion is that this person is an alcoholic and endangers the children daily. I woudl do this for their protection.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
what sort of trouble are you talking about? I can figure out that the person is not acting appropriately on my own. The person is not an alcoholic...we have known the person for quite a while and this may only happen once a year, but it is still wrong.
Well it is a lack of supervision here. I worked protective services case and any parent who is falling down drunk is not being a repsonsible adult. It would be at the least a PI situation as far as the police are concerned and they woudl take custody of the kids here--protective services.And long term what kind of role model is this person.

And they may drink more than you realize here. Protective services woudl probably test him for drugs/alcohol and also interview the kids and neighbors as well. You never know here what they will fine.This of course if your call but thats what I would tell you to do here to protect the children..They woudl be my first concern here as many things could happen to them without parental supervision..
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