How Can We Stop This Damage?
I am step mum to a 7 year old. Her mother left when she was a baby and was out of contact for years but re-appeared when she was 5 and mounted a 2 year custody battle to take her away. She lost, but was given contact visits. These visits are a constant source of trouble as her mother has poor parenting skills. My step daughter is encouraged to stay up all night as a 'treat'consequently she is now not sleeping at home, she is allowed out to roam the streets with older local kids, stay overnight with people her mother has never met. Roam the internet unsupervised...the list is endless. We are worried sick. The courts and CAFCASS have been useless..her mother lies and they just accept her word. Their focus appears to be protecting the mothers rights not the childs.We have tried mediation...everything. Her mother refuses to accept that anything is wrong..meanwhile I can see that the little one is developing mental problems. She cries, has become violent and is clearly troubled.Nobody seems to care...we are at our wits end. Does anyone have advice?