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Applying for Guardianship of Nephew with dangerous BPD Mother


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By NicoleC - 21/04/2017

Hi All
I am a Aunt of a 4 year old who has a Mother with BPD amongst other things.  He has been with us for about a month now while Mum is in hospital.
He revealed to me that she was abusing him and I have notified FACS however they keep closing the case as he is currently safe and has "protective people" in his life.  I am scared to send him back with her and know that she wants him back.  I want to apply to have guardianship of him but have tried for legal aid and don't qualify.  I also have received quotes from Lawyers but these start at $35k+.
I spend my days researching and calling people but feel like I am just running into dead ends everywhere I turn.  It annoys me that she can just come and take him back to his old "life" where he is scared all the time and where she is so unstable and unpredictable.
She believes he "owes" her love and affection and never takes responsibility for her actions.
He is not safe with his mother, does anyone have any advice for me?
By Trude Red - 27/07/2017

NicoleC - 20/04/2017
Hi All
I am a Aunt of a 4 year old who has a Mother with BPD amongst other things.  He has been with us for about a month now while Mum is in hospital.
He revealed to me that she was abusing him and I have notified FACS however they keep closing the case as he is currently safe and has "protective people" in his life.  I am scared to send him back with her and know that she wants him back.  I want to apply to have guardianship of him but have tried for legal aid and don't qualify.  I also have received quotes from Lawyers but these start at $35k+.
I spend my days researching and calling people but feel like I am just running into dead ends everywhere I turn.  It annoys me that she can just come and take him back to his old "life" where he is scared all the time and where she is so unstable and unpredictable.
She believes he "owes" her love and affection and never takes responsibility for her actions.
He is not safe with his mother, does anyone have any advice for me?

Go to your State MP, they may be able to point you in the right direction.