I have a half sister (we have the same dad) who lives two states away. I am in my late 20's, married and have a 4 and 7 year old children. I met my half sister only once when she was 4/5 years old (due to distance). I have maintained a phone/Facebook/letter writing relationship with my sister and her mom since then. My dad and my sister's mom are divorced and have been for a decade.
A couple weeks ago, my sister's mom asked if my sister could come live with us. YES! Absolutely. My sister's mom has a slew of mental health issues and says she just can't parent her anymore. Okay, fine. My dad is in a bad position right now and can not parent at this time.
Can anyone give me some advice/resources/suggestions/ideas on how to introduce her into our household and effectively parent her? She will be with us for a minimum of a year. I think she had abandonment issues and perhaps ADHD. It was suggested that due to the way she grew up- her mom sleeping when things got stressful and her mom having several boyfriends/husbands that she may have some for of Post Traumatic Stress. Not sure.
Anyway, I want to stress stability and family while she's here. She's also failing school and I want her grades to come up.
Thanks in advance.