Im 18 years old, and i would like to get custody of my 4 month old brother. My mom wants me to take care of him until she gets back on her feet. My mom and my brother's father aren't together and he hasn't seen my brother yet or have helped my mother get the things my brother needs like diapers, food, clothes, etc. I been helping my mother take care of my brother since the day he's been born and i have 5 other siblings and two which are the youngest that i watch when my dad goes to work and i make sure they go to school and are tooken care of. I currently dropped out of school because i am watching my siblings and i am willing to watch my brother also because my family mean the world to me and i would hate to see my brother end up in a foster home with out seeing him again. I live with my dad and he's not willing to let me take care of my brother at his house because my brother aint his child and im afraid that this can effect my chances of being guardian of my brother.
You have a big heart, but this is a bad idea. If you cannot take care of yourself without dad, then you cannot take care of your brother. Is mom homeless? Is there a reason you cannot do something at her place? You really should not be in charge of any of these kids - your parents should be doing their jobs here. You dropping out will not better anyone's life, yours or theirs.
If you want guardianship, then go get a stable job and place to live. Then you can file in court with mom's approval. Unless you can show you are responsible financially, etc., do not count on a court acting to change custody to you.
You may consider requesting a guardianship so that you are able to make legal decisions on behalf of your brother if his parents are incapable of doing so. However, I do agree with my colleague in that you should be financially stable first before you become responsible for the care of another child. Best of luck.
The information you obtain in my answer does not, nor is it intended to, create an attorney-client relationship. You should consult an experience attorney who has knowledge of all the particular facts of your case before making any final decisions.
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