Our expert says:
OK, thanks for the further information. I think the focu still needs to be on discussions with the child. One needs to discover what THEY think is going on, as they are quite often very worried about somethin that isn't at all what is happening. One has to take one's time as regards gently finding out from the child what she may have been exposed to earlier on.
The mere fact that the mom has gone to rehab may be slightly cheering, but much depends on HOW she uses that opportunity and whether she can not merely stop her addictions ( that's not so hard ) but whether she can stay stopped.
The welfare authorities and the courts are supposed to decide these things on the basis of what is best for the child, not simply on what one of the adults wants.
Talk calmly with the child, probably more than once, about how she feels about mom being in rehab, what she thinks happens in rehab, how she thinks mom is doing, what she thinks will happen and whatshe would prefer to happen, when mom comes out of rehab.
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