I need help. In 2014 my niece, who is now 14, was placed in foster care
by CPS and I was the only family member willing to care for her and able to pass the rigorous home study process. I do not have children so this was all new to me. I ended up becoming a licensed foster parent for her and now permanent managing conservancy, which I was very hesitant to do but was guilted into it. She is a victim of sexual abuse
and has anger issues, and is also a cutter. She made tremendous progress until last August, when her hormones finally kicked in and she started a pattern of behavior like her mom’s, meeting up with older men, lying about her age, etc. I found out within two weeks what she was going and get her into therapy. However, she refuses to acknowledge her underlying problems.
She is out of control. To summarize a long story: She’s run away twice, accused me of cutting her arms, tried to rob me, and has made friends with gang members who threatened to kick my door down and kill me. Inpatient treatment and therapy have done nothing. Her behavior has deteriorated to the point that I had to take a leave of absence due to anxiety and stress, which run in our family and are factors in my decision not to have children. And I am now in serious danger of losing my job.I have documented everything, there are police reports, teachers and caseworkers who have witnessed her behavior and everything I’ve tried to do to help her. I need to relinquish her to CPS. I know I’ll be charged with failure to provide care or abandonment
or something, but I cannot live this way, I’m in fear for my safety and I’m not able to help her. Please help.