My question involves a child custody case from the State of Maryland: I have an 11 year old god-daughter. I get her every weekend, every holiday, and every summer. I buy her all of her school clothes and majority of her clothes throughout the year and help her with her academics. This has been our routine since she was born. She has been emotionally and physically abused at home and she suffers from obesity because of her eating habits at home. Her mothers boyfriend is a drunk who is also abusive and her mother threatens to keep her from spending time with me and lots of times takes the things that I buy for her. She has her own room at my house. Is there any chance that I can get custody of her or get legal visitation rights. She stays depressed all the time and I worry about her, I provide a lot of her care so what are my odds.She is terribly afraid of her mother and "step-father".I have tried talking to her mother and her mother's boyfriend. I try to spend more time witth her to keep her out of that house as much as possible. I don't know what else to do because I don't think I have any legal rights and if i call cps she will be with strangers and even more depressed.