I'm not sure if this is the right thread for this. If it's not just let me know and I will remove it and put it somewhere else.
Since the beginning of June, I have been taking care of my two younger cousins. Their mom is my mother's youngest sister. My aunt is married to a man that has several mental issues, and because of them he can't work. He has a very bad temper. The parents asked me to keep the older one with me because she was very depressed and thought spending time with me would help. Of course, the three year old wants to be everywhere that her sister goes, so she stays with me as well. The older one has threatened to kill herself several times. They have her seeing lots of therapists for ADD and depression and she was taking 7 medications a day. Since staying with me, she's been able to go off of her medication completely and hasn't been depressed. After being around these girls all the time and the parents, I've learned that the parents curse at the kids. They don't bathe them. They don't spend time with them. The kids cry when it's time to go home.
This last time I came to pick them up, the three year old had a bruise on her arm. I asked her where it came from and she said Daddy, but Mommy hit him because he hit her. Obviously, she could be exaggerating.. But given his temper and his history, I wouldn't be surprised if he did. I just want what is best for the kids. They're happy with my husband and I. The younger one even calls me Mommy.
Is there any way for me to get guardianship of the girls so that I can keep them the majority of the time? I already have them 4-5 days a week, but school is starting up and I was looking for a more permanent solution.
If not, they'll stay at their parents' during the week and come to me on the weekend. Sorry to make this so long.