I would like to get custody of my grandchildren, however, I only have a 1-bedroom apartment in an independent senior residence, and would need help to find a place that I could afford, and with 3-bedrooms. The children are a 14 year old girl, and a 16 year old boy. I called CPS about 5 years ago, and they did an investigation that entailed them supervising the mother
, my daughter, and the children for over a year. My daughter did the things required of her, because of the supervision. She has started drinking and gambling
, been physically abusive to the children, and deprived them of food, security. There is a bedbug problem in her home that has been ongoing for over a year. She has "borrowed" money from her 18 year old daughter, who was working part-time at McDonald's, and my granddaughter quit her job after 2 years of this "borrowing". Now my granddaughter is ready to graduate and doesn't have the money to do so.
The children told me of verbal and physical abuse
that happens when she comes home from drinking. I told them to call me when it happens again and I will go and get them to spend the night with me. That happened 2 weeks ago.
I have not reported the ongoing abuse to CPS, because the children do not want to be in foster care
, but they would come and live with me, if I had a place for them. What I really want is for her to do the right thing as a mother, and keep her children, but I see a bad situation, getting worse. I'm afraid of what will happen, if this continues. I would really welcome options and advice on this matter..............PLEASE HELP!!!!