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Dilemma: Living with a dysfunctional family watch

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    I am a 20 year old who recently graduated for the University of Paris and currently hoping to began law school this fall in the United Kingdom. I’ll get to the point. For the past 6 months I’ve moved in with a very angry family. 3 children; the oldest of whom is 19yo, the second is 15, and the third is only 9. The mother is frequently ill and therefore neglects the 9 year old. The father is both physically and emotionally dismissive - He is also very mean, immature and short tempered. The same applies to the two elder sons.

    On the one hand I wish to leave as soon as possible. However, I fear for the 9yo who does not have his needs met in this environment. I have come to understand that the abuse he suffered began around 3-4 years ago. I am trying to take him under my wing and pay attention to his emotional needs as best I can but I am making slow progress.

    I don’t know what to do or how to help this child as au did not have parents myself. I have had to learn how to be emotionally mature, kind, and compassionate on my own. How can I ensure that this young boy grows up to be a emotionally healthy adult?
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    Is their anyway you can stay in contact with him after you have left via phone or email, that might make the world of difference
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