How can I bring my sibling home?
May 1, 2012 11:13 AM Subscribe
What legal avenues exist for blocking a potentially negligent relative foster parent arrangement? New parents reside in Southeast Asia. Special snowflake details within.
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm currently abroad with my family. I was just informed that a younger sibling---a minor---will not be returning with us to the United States. Instead, an informal arrangement has been made with another family member to care for her.
This particular sibling suffers from a number of emotional issues. It's highly suspected that they have one or more disorders, but a diagnosis cannot be reached as they are being denied care by my parents. This has resulted in a record with CPS, with pressure mounting for them to take action.
It appears that this is their action. I know the family members who will watch over the sibling. They're good people, but they have a certain level of willful ignorance toward psychiatry. They believe that prayer cures all and that depression is a voluntary character flaw.
My sibling will have no support network here, nor will they be allowed to go out on their own to seek help (should they choose to do so---clinics are few and far between). While not ideal, they would be better off back in the United States where she is being monitored and has people to turn to when necessary.
TL;DR - My sibling is being emotionally neglected. My mother isn't ideal, but her new foster relative would be worse. What, if anything, can I do to block this?
Note: Please do your best to avoid answers involving an entirely different foster family. I've discussed this at length with my sibling, CPS, and others. We've concluded that it will do more harm than good. Thanks.