Concerned about newphews and neices daily cares, abuse, and emotional health
My brother is an addict and has mental illness. He is unable to take care of himself and is financially over $200,000 in debt and that is since he filed personal bankruptcy. My ex sister in law is an alcoholic and enables my brother. They have four children who have been victimized by their parents lack of being able to care for them. I and my family have been personally threatened if we try to reach out to help my nephews and nieces in any way that we will suffer the consequences of my brothers irractic behavior and so will his children if they try to contact us. My brother is waiting to go to trail on felony charges so hurting one of us and going to jail for it is reasonable in his mind. My oldest nephew is 15 and was just released from the hospital were he stayed for 12 days due to an infection. His liver enzymes were critical and he was in pancreatitis. He needs his appendix out but has to heal before the surgery. He is very sick and his parents are unable to help him physically. I have not spoken to my nephew in two years. He did call Christmas Day this year but I did not return the call because I did not want him to get in any trouble in case his parents would find out. I know this is enabling but I want to help him and rescue him from the situation and take care of him. I am thinking about calling him and seeing if I can help in any way. What would you do?