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  • Gas-lighting and Narcissistic Parent

    There are a group of children (Some Adults now) who have a mother who has mentally abused 4 children to the point of therapy needed and medication for depression and Suicidal tendencies. Her eldest 3 have all moved out and will not move back in with her, however this just leaves the last child who is 16 she is suffering alone and is not allowed visitors. She does not really have anyone to help her since her mother broke ties with her other children. Her mother does everything she can to turn the children against each other. The mother will not seek out any type of mental help, and blames the kids and their school for any issues they may have. The remaining child is left to deal with this on her own and is shutting down like the other three had because of the same stress and hate speech she would give her children. Is there anyway to get her out? Is there any way to help her before something worse will happen to her. Both her elder siblings would love to take her in but her mother will not let her go.

    Concerned Momma Bear.

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    You mentioned some things that raise concern for a child’s safety and well-being.
    If any harm or abuse is happening at the home, you have the right to report it. We are not experts on the issue, but generally once it's been reported, social services will either decide whether or not to take the case and further investigate. If they do take the case, they will send out someone from child protective services to do an investigation (interviewing people in the household) and from there they will decide the level of danger within the household. It generally ranges from no danger (the youth stays in the home, some services are given, and the case is closed), moderate danger (they will provide family services with possible temporary displacement) and high danger (they will remove the youth from the home and offer certain services).

    If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering.

    Please be safe and reach out soon by phone or chat so that we may help.
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