My sister and I have never been very close due to our age gap. I just turned 30 a few weeks ago and she is a few months shy of 22. I got married and moved away and she moved with her boyfriend to another state. She has two kids, both girls the oldest is 5 and the baby is 5 months. Since having her kids we have become closer she loves my three kids too. Today, however, my mother dropped a huge bomb.
I was woken up at 6am by a frantic phone call from my mother. My sister is in jail. I freaked out hoping it was a misunderstanding. Nope. My sister has apparently been using and selling crystal meth. She was busted last night after her neighbors called the cops because she left her kids home alone. The neighbors said she left the house at 8pm and they called at midnight. Anyway when the cops came and searched the house they found drug paraphernalia, meth and much more.
She is now being charged with endangering the welfare of a child, making & indenting to distribute meth and one other charge. She is looking at prison time. Oh it gets better. Apparently my 5 year old niece has been abused. When the cops took them she had two black eyes and a few more suspicious bruises. My heart is breaking.
I am the only relative who can take in her two kids. My parents are in their late 60s with a bunch of health problems and we have no other siblings.
Does anyone here know how I go about getting custody of them. I want my nieces to be in a stable environment with people who love them.
Its been a very long night. We contacted CPS and told them who we were and why we were calling. They told us that they were glad we contacted them as they would rather place the children with family where they can stay together, sometimes with foster homes they dont. A social worker will be here tomorrow to inspect our home and make sure that it is an adequate environment for the kids, which we do not anticipate a problem. Then it's a matter of us doing some paper work to get temporary/emergency custody. Please pray that is happens