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Emancipation... and seperation from my mother - April 1st 2011, 11:20 PM

I a 15 yrs old.
I currently live with my 34 yr old mother, my 13 yr old brother, my 7 yr old brother, and my 2 yr old sister. I am the oldest. And my mom treats me as an unpaid, unprivileged babysitter. But its gotten to the point where I am missing school because she chooses to leave at 10:34pm on weekdays and shows up at 7:20 am the next day. My bus comes at 6:25am which means that I sometimes have to leave all three of my siblings at home by theirselves with no phone(my phone is currently disconnected right now). I don't know whether to say that we are neglected? she buys groceries... she still takes us to our doctors appointments... but because she decides to put herself before her children, i am suffering for it. I dont believe my siblings are.. i take care of them, feed them, make sure they do their homework, and make sure they go to bed on time.
I feel ... trapped. I want to leave, but i feel that if i do, my 2 yr old sister will face the consequences. I wish to be emancipated. but in the state of TX, i have to be 16. which i wont till August 16th. I have two families who i see as my "escape route" or backup family.
One is my best friend's family.
She is the only child, living with her happily married parents, under a two story house, with their own successful business.
The other is my cousin's.
She is the eldest of 3, her parents are happily married with both her parents salary extremely sufficient.

You would think that it would be best to stay within the family? The con is, my cousin lives in a school district that is not technologically nor academically advanced as my current school. With no photography class.

Living with my bff, I would still be in the same school, i would be able to work at their business. and they would support me financially almost as one of their own children.

So I want to try for emancipation.
if u could please offer any advice, or have questions that you think i should think about, please do ask. PM me or add me also
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Re: Emancipation... and seperation from my mother - April 2nd 2011, 01:19 AM

You're probably going to have to look it up online because the requirements for emancipation are different for every state. All I know is that in NY, you have to prove that you can financially support yourself, and I don't imagine it being different in Texas.
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Re: Emancipation... and seperation from my mother - April 2nd 2011, 09:22 PM

Another option I'd like to present - one that you may or may not have thought of yet - is to help your mom find resources that will allow her to spend more time with her children. From what I've seen so far, it doesn't seem like your mom is TRYING to neglect you and your siblings. Maybe she just has to do whatever she can to make ends meet, which means taking work shifts at odd hours. Perhaps she would qualify for government aid programs - food stamps and free day care, just to name a few. There is also a chance that she could talk to her employer and ask for different work hours, or you could help her look for jobs that offer better work hours (ones that will allow her to be with her children when they're at home). Finally, instead of living with your extended family members (and dealing with the guilt of "leaving your siblings behind"), perhaps they would be wiling to help financially support ALL of you. Maybe your mom could move to an apartment that is closer to where your other family members live, and they could help baby-sit when your mom has to work.

Bottom-line: I feel like you have other options to consider before looking into emancipation. It's not an easy process, and it may not even be the best option in this situation.

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