Finding an unwilling adult
October 25, 2009 2:54 PM Subscribe
Is there any way to find my friend's bipolar/schizophrenic sister?
posted by medea42 to Human Relations (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This woman has been estranged from the family for a long time. She has joined what seems to be a cult - non-ordained ministers, meets at a private home, and is definitely not taking her medications, possibly because members are telling her "Jesus will heal her."
Two weeks ago her father tried to call her, no answer. He received a call back from her housemate (possibly fiancee) because it was the last number to ring the phone. She was missing - it was unclear how long - but had left her purse and phone. They were later contacted by a social worker asking questions about her sister, and why there had been repeated admissions to mental healthcare facilities.
It's all very obscure, but apparently my friend's sister is in a hospital somewhere. However, since the woman was cutting contact with her family, it's unlikely she'd give permission for contact, so the family can only guess as to what happened and what hospital she's in - clearly, it wasn't her housemate that took her in, since he too was trying to find her.
The major things the family wants to accomplish:
1. Where is she? They're aware they pretty much don't have rights in this situation, as the woman is 40. Social workers have been calling her parents but are unable/unwilling to give details on why their daughter is in custody.
2. She may/may not have gotten married in the past two-three months. Is there an actual FREE not-requiring-membership database on the Interwebs to look this up?
3. There has been discussion among the family of reporting the church for exploitation of a vulnerable adult. How does a person do this?
4. What's going on on the social worker's end?
5. Is there a central location to check police blotters, etc. to see if an incident report might give some clues as to what happened?