What is the name of your state? Southern California
I want to seek legal guardianship of my sister, because my mother is believed to show behavior of an mental illness. My sister is only 2 years old, and she is under my mothers care. To help you all undertsand my situation better, here is my story. Sorry sort of long!
Mental illness is known to be in my family, my grandmother had it so bad that she was often hospitalized without her consent. Well, for years my mother has always seemed off, As a child we lived in and out of shelters, she was never able to hold a job(she always quit), a household or other responsibilities. Im 22 years old now, married with a 1 year old.
This is my problem, because of unwillingness, my mother was living in a apartment without electricity, and refregeration, she refused to ask for help, or let anyone know her situation. I called family to asist me with getting some help for her, and most of all helping my innocent sister. I wanted to call CPS or atleast care for her until my mother got some medication to help her get on her feet. My aunt refused to let me call professional authoritys, so she offered for my mother and lil sis to stay with her. It has been six months since then, and almost every other week my aunt is calling me about my mothers behavior. she states that my mother keeps herself and the baby isolating in a room all day, she does not take care of her and the babys personal hygiene, the baby is 2 pounds under weight do to malnutrition, and that my mother has extreme mood swings. She complains that everyone in the home is afraid of my mothers wild moods and that she seems to have manic depression.
Again i told my aunt that I could help by calling authurity's or CPS, they will bring someone to evaluate my mother and I would be able to care for my sister while help is being providede for my mother. My aunt won't let me call professional authoritys because she is trying to get foster children, and she doe snot want all that drama on her case. She has stated that my mother has to move out by oct. My mother is in no position to care for a child, she does not even have income or housing, and she is totaly not willing to take care of bussiness for these things. I was wondering if it would be best for me to go and file for legal guardianship of my sister? I do not have my aunts adress and we are not on speaking terms due to all of this. Can I file for guardianship without having their adress? I have a phone# and city name. Please someone give me advice before its too late. Also My aunt told me that she suspected sexual abuse, but not sure. I don't understand why she lets this go on in her home, or why she won't call for help knowing that my mother is ill, and possibly getting worser.