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    Question: I'm 17 i turn 18 in november but my whole life ive been working for my grandmother cleaning houses and my mom takes all my money and now i havea job at rubios fresh mexican grill she still takes my money. she is an ex meth addict and VERY aggressive and violent all i do is clean the house and she yells at us and hits us and calls me and my 11 y/o brother names like stupid, usless and the list goes on, ive talked to people such a a councilor ect. but they all say theres nothing i can do about it , it that true if not what are my rights? please help me, im depserate.

    Answer:

    If you are being physically and mentally abused, we encourage you to contact the police department in your city and/or Child Protective Services. Child Protective Services (CPS) is a program mandated under Arizona Law (ARS §8-802 ) for the protection of children alleged to be abused and neglected. This program provides specialized welfare services that seek to prevent dependency, abuse and neglect of children. The Child Protective Services program receives, screens and investigates allegation of child abuse and neglect, performs assessments of child safety, assesses the imminent risk of harm to the children and evaluates conditions that support or refute the alleged abuse or neglect and need for emergency intervention.

    This program also provides services designed to stabilize a family in crisis and to preserve the family unit by reducing safety and risk factors. This program provides an array of services, including Family Builders, Family Group Decision Making, Family Preservation Services (Intensive Family Services), High-Risk Infant Services (in Maricopa County), case management, parent aide and other in-home family support services. Not all programs are offered in every geographic area. In addition, services to promote permanence, stability and continuity of care are provided for children who enter out-of-home care. Services include, but are not limited to case management, permanency planning, provision of out-of-home care, kinship foster care, adoptive and foster home recruitment, other out-of-home services to individuals or families, and assistance to young adults in transition from adolescence to adulthood.

    To contact CPS please call: 1-877-767-2445 or visit the CPS website.


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    6 thru 10 of 11 comments     1  [ 2 ]  3    
    On 07/07/05
    Breanna from OH said:
    Get out of that house! Take everything you need, take your brother and get out. You need to save yourselves from the abuse as soon as you can. Go live with a friend or someone you can trust fro a couple days while you try to figure our the legal issues and how to get your brother out of your moms house. Since you are 18 you could try to get custody of your brother yourself. Good luck! i hope it works out. God Bless.
    On 07/01/05
    Mayra Gonzalez from TX said:
    hey!well i think that people at your school were really wrong to be telling you that information. They should be triying to help you, not tell you lies. Of course there is something you can do!well she shouldntake your money that's what you work for. Come on you are almost 18 years old. I think you should start doing something for yourself. I can't beleive that family can be that cruel. And if you wanna come and live with me then go right ahead I live in houstonwell i hope everything works out for you i would reallylike to hear what happens
    On 07/01/05
    Brandi from TX said:
    I reported my parents for that exact thing and then I moved out and my brothers had to go back to her house I told her I wasnt returning (I am 17)
    On 06/19/05
    elizabeth from TX said:
    they told you there's nothing you can do about it? that is so wrong.. people in schools should try to be helping you, not pushing you farther down. just live with me, jeez.
    On 06/15/05
    ANN from MI said:
    HUN, YOU ARE 18 YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PUT UP WITH THAT ANYMORE, GET OUT, EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO GO TO A FRIENDS HOUSE, AND CALL FOR HELP FOR YOUR BROTHER RIGHT AWAY. HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH, BE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE. AND LIVE YOUR LIFE FOR YOU NOW. LIFE IS TO SHORT TO LIVE LIKE THAT. LOOK AT YOUR MOM SEE HOW SHE IS, AND BETTER YOURSELF, NEVER DRINK OR DO DRUGS IT GETS YOU KNOW WHERE EXCEPT HATED BY OTHER PEOPLE, WHO SHOULD LOVE YOU WITH ALL THEIR HEARTS. SMILE HUN, LIFE DOES GET BETTER.
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