The parents in this situation have been accused of emotional abuse by the therapist of the child. There is borderline alcohol and drug abuse (marijuana) in the household. The child in question has both depression and anxiety, and is suspected of having PTSD, or post traumatic stress like responses. The child has been staying with the grandparents for about 7 months. The parents are starting to get angry and are going to force the child back to their house. The child is absolutely terrified of leaving and has panic attacks any time the subject is talked about.
I'm not sure where so many people get the idea that minor children get to choose where they live. They do not. The wishes of a 15 year old is one of the many factors that a court will consider in deciding where the child lives. If your grandchild has been residing with you for 7 months, you could file an action for allocation of parental responsibilities and ask that a court order the child to reside in your home. You should sit down with a family law attorney to discuss this matter ASAP.
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