This is a pretty long story, I will try keep it as short as possible.
First some background information: My dearest friend since we were 12 years old has an 18 year old teenage daughter, “Ashley”. Last year “Ashley” became pregnant. After the baby is born the grandmother on the father’s side wanted the baby baptized. My friend and her family are protestant but the father of the child and his family are Catholic. Hubby and I were asked to be the Godparents, which after prayer and discernment we agreed.
[size=2]Steven, the father, comes from a broken home where the father abandoned the family when he was very young. His father has since remarried and has young children of his own at this time. He takes no interest in Steven. Steven’s mother is emotionally and mentally unstable woman. Steven’s only sibling, his older sister moved out of the house the day she turned 18. Steven has since been the focus of this woman’s abuse. I have seen the way this woman treats her son myself and it is heart breaking.
The last twelve months have been very tough for Steven. His grandfather, whom he was very close to, cut him out of his life when he found out Steven fathered a child out of wedlock. Steven’s sister’s husband was in accident late last year and ended up dying from his injuries –some else Steven was very close to. Several weeks later a high school friend died in an accident. Ashley broke up with Steven after he spiraled downward into alcohol and drug abuse, but they have remained in contact because of their daughter. He recently has been trying to overcome his drug problems and his drinking.
Apparently there was some kind of argument between Steven and his mother this weekend. [size=2]His mother [size=2]threw a brick through the windshield of her son’s truck and threw a hot cup of tea in his face, among other irrational behaviors. Later last night Ashley got a call from Steven’s mother saying she had called the police on Steven and they took him to a psych hospital, she was yelling at Ashley that it was all her fault. [size=2]My friend and her husband went to the hospital with her daughter where the hospital only allowed Ashely to see Steven briefly. [/size][/size][/size]
[size=2][size=2][size=2]This boy has fallen into despair. He feels unloved by everyone. He wants Ashley to be his girlfriend again but she is not comfortable with that at this point. She is trying to give him emotional support and be a friend to him.
Even though he is not practicing his faith right now he is a baptized Catholic. I have contacted our parish priest about him through email and am awaiting his response.
My friend has contacted the youth pastor of their church, and he is looking for a family to take Steven in so he won’t have to go back to his mentally unstable mother. Right now the hospital is holding him for 72 hours for an evaluation, but it’s not this boy that need to be in a psych hospital it’s his mother.
I know what it is like to grow up with a mentally unstable parent and I just feel sick inside for all this boy is going through. We’ve been praying for him as a family. I want to do more, but I’m not quite sure what that is yet. I am praying about it.
Any advice would be appreciated.