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Daughter refuses to go home to Wisconsin - abused by stepfather

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    My stepdaughter is 17 and is visiting her father and I in Florida. Her father has joint legal custody and used to have equal physical custody 50/50. We are in Florida now, she lives with her mother full time in Wisconsin. She is visiting and informed us she is severely depressed, and being abused by her stepfather. She is supposed to go back on the plane to that house next Friday. She has been suicidal in the past and hospitalized for cutting and depression. Do we have to send her back there, or can we file for custody and keep her here while we straighten things out?

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    Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline(NRS). It sounds like you and your family are going through a tough situation. We are glad to here that your stepdaughter has so much support to help her with her situation. One option that you might want to look into is child abuse reporting. This can help intervene with what is going on, and give her the help she needs. You and your family can call and report the abuse, or you can call us and we can assist you with the process. We are not legal experts but if you are looking into temporary or full custody of your step-daughter, we can look up some legal aid in your area that may help with this situation. It sounds like she has been through a lot and we are here to help as much as we can. We encourage you to call us at 1800-786-2929 so that we can offer you more resources such as, child abuse reporting assistance, legal aid, counseling resources, and other resources available to you in your area. Our hotline is available 24/7 365 days a year. Good Luck and we look forward to hearing from you.
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