What is the name of your state? TX
I'm addressing those of you who are either familiar with guardianship laws in Texas or can at least give me an educated guess. I've already had dessert, so I don't need any sweetner...but OG & Bay, I would value your opinions! LOL
I have referenced in other threads that one of my daughter's childhood friends was orphaned a couple of years ago following a murder-suicide. She is now in her third home since her parents' death. We have only seen her twice (each for a week) since her parents death. The court originally placed her in her maternal GM's physical custody with maternal uncle having conservatorship over the children's trust. She has an older brother who has been living with baseball coach since the grandmother's death. The GM died last year and physical custody went to the maternal uncle. We learned today that she is now living with her paternal GP and his wife, although the maternal uncle still holds legal custody. He told me that she is now out of control and he could not allow her to stay in his home since he has 5 young daughters. He "institutionalized" her briefly before sending her away due to her suicidal thoughts. She was also in counseling and on anti-depressants. She is only 15 years old.
Her father was suicidal and an alcoholic that ultimately killed her mother before finally taking his own life. His family has a history of suicide, alcoholism and other mental issues, including the GP who is in his 70s and now has possession of the girl.
My instinct is to reach out to help this child, but I'm still considering the possible ramnifications to my family. She and my daughter were very close before the incident, but have not kept in great regular touch since then. The uncle knows that the girl is not in a good place but doesn't want her in his home. His last resort will be to ship her off to boarding school or surrender her to the state. If he agrees to allow her to live with us....at least for one school semester as a trial...and the paternal grandparents do not object, would I need anything other than just a power of attorney for medical treatment and school enrollment? I would prefer that the uncle retain all legal custody rights.
Her uncle and I have had a lengthy discussion and agree that, in her present circumstance, she is well on her way to following in her father's footsteps.