I am trying to help out my little brother's girlfriend. His girlfriend is 17and currently does not live with her mother. She has not for about awhile. I know there is a case file for her with child protective services, her father is in jail for rapping her eldest half sister. An her mother did nothing to stop the abuse, there are 3 kids her older 2 siblings are older than 18 and don't live at home. Her mother left her and her older brother(now 18) with friends a few years ago and will come in and out for a month or so then leave them again. They are both just passed around from person to person. She is in night school as from the fact that she has just been tosed around to some low lifes and has had some horrific things done that no child should ever go through. She has been staying with this lady her mother "knows" for a few months and the lady mistreats her, I'm worried for her safety. My mother is willing to get an apartment for my brother her and her older brother. Along with giving them job. My brother is a freshman in college and all ready has a job and my mom just hired her. When my brother meet her she only had 1 change of underware, she litterally has nothing. My mother is worried that she'll get in trouble for them an apartment. What can she do to get emancipated, i read up on general law but it says that she need the parents to sign but since the father is in jail and the mother has not lived with her not even for one day this year, is there any way for her to do it? I mean she not raising her now. I know in florida the parents are suposed to sign it but her fathers in jail and the mother is god knows where..she hasnt heard from her in about 2 months. I wanted to call child protective services but her older sister told her that foster care was worst than what happened in there house. I tried to call CPS but she cries and begs us not to. What should I do if i call cps will that help emancipate her or will she just be places in a group home for teens? Please Please help me i can not sleep at night with her in that place and it break my heart everytime my brother has to take her back?