Minerva, OH asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio

Q: I live with my Aunt and Uncle, but my Aunt has full custody over me. She is very toxic and mainly Verbally Abusive

But i cant prove she is abusive. Ever since she got custody of me at i think the age of 3, there has never been any love and its always been basically hell. When i was younger i was constantly grounded and had to stand up with my nose pressed against a fridge for days or months on end. Because of her Verbal and physical abuse i learned bad habits, such as lying, stealing, and destroying. Even to this day (specifically a month ago) i found myself stealing again even though i havent for around a year. Things have always been very stressful and she is constantly bitching at us and yelling at us about this and that and calling us very rude names. Im running out of space rn so i cant say everything unfortunately, but CPS and the cops believe every word she says and now im getting a court case against me. Im 16 and living in Ohio. I met ppl online and they are 100% the family i never had. The one whos like my dad wants to adopt me but we dont know what to do because she wont let me leave....

1 Lawyer Answer
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Never trust people you meet on-line - even though they seem nice. Those kinds of things end up as tragedies on the news -- or else somebody disappears and is never heard from again. Talk to a teacher, school counselor, or other trusted adult about the situation at home and the people you met on line, who could be criminals, predators, or involved in human trafficking. They act nice on-line to trap people who are looking for friends. That's how they operate. DO NOT go and meet those people you found on-line - especially if one is suggesting adopting you. That is very dangerous. It should be reported to the police. Seriously, go and talk to a teacher about this. You are in danger.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.