Hey Deemf5 Sounds like youre really concerned about all your kids and just wanting the best for them. It must be very stressful trying to protect your younger kids and not let your eldest set bad examples. I can only imagine you must feel like your at whits end to start wondering whether there is such a thing as adopting a child out. How serious do you think you are about this? Its great you’ve reached out here. Im wondering if you’ve been able to bring it up with him and if so, how he has responded? Whilst it can be really difficult, having a frank and open conversation about drug use is really important. There are some great tips about having conversations with teenagers about drug use (https://forums.parents.au.reachout.com/t5/Ask-a-Child-and-Family/Drugs-How-to-have-the-conversation-with-my-child/td-p/15305). Maybe it would be worth checking them out. Sounds like perhaps the drugs are getting in the way of school attendance also. Have we been able to get any involvement or support from the school around this? It may be helpful to speak with someone at the school such as school counsellor or wellbeing coordinator about whats happening if possible. There is also some support available for you if you would like some additional support. Parentline.com.au provide free counselling for parents in Australia as well as have some great resources on their website. Hope some of this is helpful for you, let us know how you're going.
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