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Teen girl at my doorstep, her dad punched her in the face

post #1 of 12
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So a girl knocks on my door at breakfast this morning.  I go talk to her.  She asks for a ride across town to her friend's house.  She lives down the street from me, I have seen her around.  Her dad punched her in the face last night, she said.  I didn't see any marks, but I don't doubt it.  I told her she should talk to the police, and she said she did already last night.  I welcomed her into my home, the kids were still eating breakfast, and after a little while we got ready to go. 

 

I considered calling the police anyway, but I decided I should talk to her alone, since I had to drop the kids off at their dad's.  In the car, I told her my parents beat the ___ out of me too, and I ran away at age 15.  True story.  I talked about having no support, being alone in the world, and getting into a bad relationship because I needed someone.  I told her things would have turned out better for me if I had contacted the authorities and was put into foster care.  I asked her if I could take her to the police station right now.  She said she already talked to them and had an appointment with someone again on Monday.  I do believe her.  They don't know what to do with her, because she is a month away from turning 18.  I imagine there isn't a good foster placement option for her.  She said she had been in jail for a few months and had just gotten out a couple weeks ago.  I didn't ask her why.  She has a job and plans to go to the community college. 

 

I told her she knows where I live if she needs anything, and I dropped her off at her friend's house. 

post #2 of 12
It sounds like you did all the right things, go you. It is hard to figure out the right thing to do to help.
post #3 of 12

Let us know if she gives you an update.  I hope she gets the support she needs. 
 

post #4 of 12

I hope she will be all right..You did great with supporting her...I hate violence:((

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks, I am really hoping I will see her again. 

post #6 of 12

Have you heard from her, or have her parents come looking for her?

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

I haven't heard from her.  I probably won't.  greensad.gif

post #8 of 12

Thanks for giving her a ride.  

post #9 of 12

Just bumping to see if you'd heard anything from her.
 

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

No, I haven't.  I'm thinking this is why it's so important to be kind to everyone, even people you only see for an instant. 

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by EarthRootsStarSoul View Post

No, I haven't.  I'm thinking this is why it's so important to be kind to everyone, even people you only see for an instant. 

 

I do hope you hear from her. 

 

Thank you for the reminder.  :)

post #12 of 12

You can (and probably still should) call CPS in this kind of situation. You have direct evidence of what she told you, which is good. I'm glad you helped.

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