Q: How can I get custody of my 13 year old niece?
She has lived with me 4 years now because her parents were homeless. They moved to a different state and they took their 6 year old son but they left her here with me. She is very depressed and she asked for help with this so the doctor sent a referral for a therapist we went to the first appointment but they did say that I needed a paperwork stating that I have custody so she can receive treatment. I asked her parents of course they refused. They are receiving foodstamps for her and stimulus checks for her. They haven't provided any type of clothing, food, housing needs, personal items,absolutely nothing, they haven't offered me any money or help. I live on disability benefits and her mom can't even walk now she is in a wheelchair. Her mother can't even get to the bathroom by herself. Both parents are receiving unemployment benefits but neither one of them have had a job so I don't know how they are getting benefits at all. I need help please
A: If her parents are objecting to officially giving you custody of your niece, you should consider talking to them about getting temporary guardianship of your niece so that you can obtain the necessary medical and therapy treatments for her. They should be willing to agree to this since guardianship is temporary and can be terminated at any time. The process is quicker and easier than going through a long and drawn out custody battle.
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