How You Can Take Action And Help Foster Youth

Dr. Phil often says that the foster care system is broken and in need of drastic change. In an effort to bring about change, he went to Washington, D.C. to address members of the House of Representatives to make a case to overhaul the foster care system. Watch here.

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Dr. Phil also spoke with Congresswoman Karen Bass, founder of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, whose mission is to advocate for and overhaul our nation’s foster care system.

“What you’re trying to do is pass legislations so states can use federal funds to prevent removal of the children,” Dr. Phil says to Congresswoman Bass.

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“So that they can use the money flexibly,” she agrees. “If you know that a parent has a substance abuse issue, why don’t you treat the issue? If it’s mental health, why don’t you use federal dollars for that? And in the end, it’s much cheaper than to put a child into the foster care system, where they might wind up their entire childhood.”

If you want to make a difference in the life of foster care children and families, make your voice heard.

Visit the National Foster Youth Institute and click on Take Action.

Congress does pay attention to emails and phone calls, so help children who don’t have a voice by contacting your Congressman or Representative. Click here to find out how.

“Your voice does matter, and there will be so many children that will be blessed by what you do,” Dr. Phil says.

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Dr. Phil Goes To Capitol Hill To Demand Change To The Foster Care System

Dr. Phil often says that the foster care system is broken and in need of drastic change. In an effort to bring about change, he and Dr. Frank Lawlis, Chairman of the Dr. Phil Advisory Board and founder of the Lawlis Peavey PNP Center, went to Washington, D.C. to address members of the House of Representatives to make a case to overhaul the foster care system.

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“Families in America are under attack. They’re under attack from drugs,” Dr. Phil told the Representatives. “If we are discussing a parent who is addicted to an opioid, we have to make a decision: do we take that child away and incarcerate that mother for using a drug illegally, or is there an alternative to try and rehabilitate that mother and keep this family unified.”

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Dr. Phil says he adamantly believes that keeping a family unified should be the #1 objective.

“To take a child away from that parent and place that child in foster care should be the last and bad alternative because it does nothing but put two people in the system with no path toward reunification,” Dr. Phil explained. “My goal is to keep them out of the system to begin with and if they’re in the system, to have a path to get them out of the system.”

Watch his testimony in the video above. And, hear from Congresswoman Karen Bass, founder of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, whose mission is to advocate for and overhaul the nation’s foster care system.

“What you’re trying to do is pass legislations so states can use federal funds to prevent removal of the children,” Dr. Phil says to Congresswoman Bass.

WATCH: How Young Woman Overcame Being Ripped Out Of Her Home And Put In Foster Care At Age 12

“So that they can use the money flexibly,” she agrees. “If you know that a parent has a substance abuse issue, why don’t you treat the issue? If it’s mental health, why don’t you use federal dollars for that? And in the end, it’s much cheaper than to put a child into the foster care system, where they might wind up their entire childhood.”

If you want to help change the system, visit The National Foster Youth Institute, NFYI.org, and click on Take Action. And Congress does pay attention to emails and phone calls, so make your voice heard for the children who don’t have a voice.

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How Using Heroin Changes Your Brain

In the video above, Dr. Phil explains how heroin affects the brain.

“This isn’t just something psychological,” Dr. Phil says. “It hits the prefrontal cortex. It hits the limbic system and it goes all the way to the brain stem.”

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Some of the effects on the brain include:

  • Impairs the ability to regulate one’s own behaviors
  • Impairs emotional processing
  • Impairs memory
  • Impairs executive functioning: reasoning skills, ability to problem-solve, poor planning skills
  • Decreases capacity for making decisions
  • Decreases ability to imagine future events and interactions
  • Decreases ability to respond to stressful situations
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Why Parents Addicted To Drugs Say Asking Family Member To Care For Kids Was Big Mistake

Chris and Katie, who are both admitted heroin addicts, say that when they were evicted from their apartment, they asked Chris’ sister, Missy, to take care of their 5- and 7-year-old daughters. Now, they say that was a big mistake.

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“She just took it to a whole other level,” Chris says. “It blew my mind when my sister actually took us to court trying to get custody of our kids. It’s crazy to me.”

Missy says she had no choice but to make sure her nieces, who she claims were often found filthy, hungry and unattended to outside for hours, were safe.

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“After years of my nieces constantly coming to me filthy, knowing that my brother and sister-in-law were using drugs and after my brother was arrested for possession of heroin and meth, I had it. I made the decision to get my nieces, and that was it,” Missy says.

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Chris and Katie say that Missy is on a “power trip” and now they are only allowed to have supervised visits with their daughters. They say she is trying to take their daughters from them.

“She’s making us out to be horrible people,” Chris says.

“Missy is keeping our girls from us and she’s trying to take the kids,” Katie adds.

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Missy is confident she made the right decision.

“I know that if I would not have taken my nieces that they would have ended up hurt, if not dead,” she claims.

On Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil, will Chris and Katie continue to insist their daughters were never in harm’s way? And, are they ready to get help? Check here to see where you can watch.

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Woman Confronts Heroin-Addicted Brother And Sister-In-Law: ‘Your Kids Are Going To Live The Rest Of Their Lives Without You’

Missy claims she and her husband were forced to take temporary custody of their two young nieces because the girls’ parents, her brother Chris and sister-in-law, Katie, would rather be drug addicts than responsible parents. Watch their story here.

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However, Chris and Katie say they are good parents who have never put their daughters in harm’s way, despite being addicted to heroin. Watch their story here.

In the video above, Dr. Phil shows Chris and Katie photographs of their former living conditions. When Chris looks away and claims that they are a misrepresentation of what the home actually looked like, Missy confronts him and Katie.

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“The day that I picked the girls up, the house was worse than that,” Missy says. “Look at me, both of you! You both know that. You have to see this. You are not going to get better. Your kids are going to live the rest of their life without you. I don’t want to raise your kids.”

She begs her brother to admit to his behavior.

“Open your eyes, and look and say, ‘I let my kids live like that, and I’m ready to get help,’” she pleads.

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Watch the video above to see more of their impassioned exchange. Are Chris and Katie willing to get help? This episode airs Monday. Check here to see where you can watch.

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Couple Insists That Drug Addiction Has Never Stopped Them From Being Good Parents

Chris and Katie are parents to a 5-year-old and 7-year-old little girl. They are also homeless and addicted to heroin. But, they say that even though they get high multiple times a day, they are good, responsible parents who have never put their daughters in harm’s way.

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“I am a great dad,” says Chris.

However, Chris’ sister, Missy, claims the children were severely neglected, alleging neighbors often found them wandering around their apartment complex dirty, hungry and without shoes, inside a dumpster one time and playing by a busy freeway and in vacant buildings. She and her husband, Jason, now have temporary custody of the girls.

Chris and Katie say their daughters were never neglected and they have never put them in harm’s way. “They never went without. They had a roof over their head up until we got evicted,” Chris says. “We do drugs but we would never do them in front of our kids.”

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“When we were using, we would leave the house and go in the car and smoke heroin,” Katie says.

The couple claims that their apartment complex “has something to do with the false accusations” and they are insulted that these claims are being made against them.

“I believe that we were good parents to our girls and we made sure that they had everything they needed,” Katie says.

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“They deserve to be with us,” Chris adds.

Watch the video above to hear more of their story. And on Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil, see what happens when Dr. Phil shows Chris and Katie photos of the alleged living conditions of the apartment that they were raising their girls in. Will Chris and Katie continue to insist their daughters were never in harm’s way? Check here to see where you can watch.

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How Young Woman Overcame Being Ripped Out Of Her Home And Put In Foster Care At Age 12

Melissa says she was 12 years old when she was taken from her family home in a “police style” raid due to her mother’s drug addiction and put in foster care.

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“The whole experience was very traumatic. I was so heartbroken when I was told I wasn’t going back with my mom,” she recalls. “I got put into foster care because of my mom’s meth addiction.”

She says over the course of six years, she lived in six different homes and says she eventually stopped caring about herself. “I started doing what I wanted and getting into a lot of trouble,” she says.

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She says she was 15 when she started smoking marijuana and by 18, she was smoking meth. At 19, she was homeless and pregnant.

“I met this guy who I thought was helping me out. But it turned into a domestic violence situation,” Melissa says. “One time, he choked me and was grabbing me and beating me up. I was bleeding everywhere. He said, ‘I can’t do it. I was going to kill you, but I can’t do it.’ So he let me go. Somebody called the cops and took me to the hospital.”

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She says when her son was 3 months old, Child Protective Services took him away because she was homeless and on drugs.

“I am the third generation of addicts and abuse,” Melissa says. “I never believed that I would become like my mother, but I did.”

Watch the video above to see how Melissa is doing today. This episode of Dr. Phil airs Monday. Watch more here.

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What Life Is Like For Parents Who Are Heroin Addicts

Chris and Katie are addicted to heroin and homeless. Since losing their apartment, their 5- and 7-year-old daughters have been living with Chris’ sister, Missy, who fought for temporary custody. Yet, the couple claims that their drug use has never stopped them from being good parents. Watch their story here.

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In the video above, hear about their addiction, where they say they get their money and why Chris was recently arrested. And, hear what Dr. Phil says about their parenting. On Monday’s episode, Dr. Phil shows Chris and Katie photos of the alleged living conditions of the apartment that they were raising their girls in. Will Chris and Katie continue to insist their daughters were never in harm’s way? Check here to see where you can watch.

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Woman Claims Brother And Sister-In-Law Would Rather Be Drug Addicts Than Responsible Parents

Missy claims she and her husband, Jason, were forced to fight for custody of their two young nieces to keep them safe from their own parents. Missy says her brother Chris and sister-in-law, Katie, are both homeless and addicted to heroin.

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“My brother and Katie have put their drug use ahead of my nieces’ welfare, and they are in absolute denial,” Missy says.

She and her husband, Jason, claim their 5-and 7- year-old nieces were often left alone, unbathed and hungry.

“My brother and sister-in-law allowed them to be completely unsupervised in a very bad neighborhood,” Missy claims. “One time, they were outside for 13 hours, no shoes, no coats, having to knock on neighbors’ doors for food because they were hungry.”

WATCH: Couple Insists That Drug Addiction Has Never Stopped Them From Being Good Parents 

Missy also claims that an apartment complex employee found their youngest niece playing in a garbage dumpster and another time behind a van as it was about to back up.

“The most shocking thing was the 4-year-old was found in the burnt down building,” Missy claims.

Chris and Katie insist they’ve never neglected their daughters or put them in harm’s way or let them be in harm’s way. And, they say despite being heroin addicts, they are good, responsible parents.

WATCH: Why Parents Addicted To Drugs Say Asking Family Member To Care For Kids Was Big Mistake

Missy says when Chris and Katie were evicted from their apartment, she found out just how deplorable her nieces’ living conditions were.

“The condition of the home was deplorable,” Missy says. She claims the house was filthy, smelled of animal feces and garbage, was filled with fleas, and there was furniture and clothes everywhere. “It was terrifying, to say the least.”

Jason adds, “You could see drug paraphernalia in the girls’ bedroom, easily accessible.”

Missy and Jason say they refuse to return custody to Chris and Katie and that has caused a rift in the family. “When I tried to talk to my brother, he tells me that they’re good parents and that I broke their family up. He’s mad,” says Missy, adding that she got restraining order against brother with regard to the children so that he cannot come to their home or remove the children from school. “What my nieces had to go through is terrible. It infuriates me.”

On Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil hear from Chris and Katie. Will they continue to insist their daughters were never in harm’s way? Check here to see where you can watch.

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‘If I’m Wrong Then It Will Be Completely Over…’ Says The Girlfriend Of Convicted Sex Offender Who Claims He’s Innocent

Twenty-two-year-old Sara says she spends almost every night at her new boyfriend Matt’s house. Sara says she is contemplating moving in with Matt, and bringing her daughter to live with them, but that’s over her parents objections.

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At 34, Matt is a dozen years older than Sara and has been married and divorced twice; but Anne and Dovell say those aren’t their biggest concerns. Matt was convicted in 2010 of molesting his (then) 14-year-old sister-in-law, spent two months in jail, and is on the sex offender registry for life.
“If I’m wrong then it will be completely over… completely,” says Sara, who says she believes in Matt’s innocence. But then Dr. Phil reveals some alarming statistics.

“This has nothing to do with whether he’s guilty or not,” says Dr. Phil. “If you are a single mother cohabitating with a male, the risk of a child being sexually abused is 20 times normal – that doesn’t necessarily mean by the male you’re living with.”

Will Sara be able to put her daughter’s welfare before the life she is planning with Matt? This episode of Dr. Phil. airs Friday.

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‘I Will See Her In Court For Custody Of My Granddaughter,’ Says Dad Of Woman Who’s Dating A Convicted Sex Offender

Sara, a 22-year-old single mom, and Matt, a 34-year-old convicted registered sex offender began dating two months ago. Matt claims he was wrongfully accused and convicted of molesting a 14-year old six years ago – and he just wants a chance to prove to Sara’s parents that he’s “a good guy.”

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Anne and Dovell say they don’t want Matt around their 2-year-old granddaughter, and they’re willing to fight Sara for custody if they ever find out she’s left the child alone with him.


“I am very protective of my granddaughter,” says Dovell, in the video above. “If I ever found out that Matt hurt my granddaughter – I would drive to his house, kick his door in – and there would be no saving him.”

Dovell says if Matt isn’t cleared, Sara has to leave him. “And if she doesn’t, I will see her in court for custody of my granddaughter.”

Sara says she wishes her parents would give Matt more credit for the person he is, rather than what she says are wrongful accusations against him.


Can Matt win over Sara’s parents? Tune in to Friday’s Dr. Phil. Check here to find local listings.

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Woman To Daughter Who Says She Wants To Move In With Convicted Sex Offender Boyfriend: ‘Do You Need A Brick To Fall On Your Head?’

Sara’s parents Anne and Dovell say they aren’t comfortable with her boyfriend, Matt, being around their 2-year-old granddaughter because he’s a convicted sex offender. Sara and Matt both claim he was wrongfully accused of molesting his ex-wife’s younger sister.

Matt says he isn’t permitted to be left alone with Sara’s daughter – or any minor child – and Sara claims that doesn’t happen. “He mostly pushes it on me that he does not want to be around her alone at all, because of his charges.” But Sara says they want things to change. “I want to be able to go to the grocery store and Matt can take care of the baby.”


Sara says “People are wrongfully convicted every day;” to which her mother responds: “I understand that Sara, but do you need a brick to fall on your head?”

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Dr. Phil advises Sara that if she were to leave her child unsupervised with a tier three registered sex offender (which is Matt’s current legal designation), “that – by law – constitutes the definition of abuse on your part.”


Does Sara say she truly understands the risks to both her daughter and to Matt if she allows them to live under the same roof? Tune in to Friday’s Dr. Phil.

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This Has Ruined My Life,’ Says Man Who Claims He Was Wrongly Convicted Of Indecent Assault

Sara says she believes her boyfriend, Matt, is innocent of charges that he groped a minor six years ago. Matt claims he’s “100 % innocent,” saying: “I absolutely did not molest my ex-wife’s sister.”

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“This has ruined my life,” declares Matt who acknowledges spending two months in jail after his conviction. He says he now has to register as a sex-offender every four months, and that has made it extremely difficult for him to find work.

Meanwhile, Matt says he loves Sara, who he met just two months ago. The couple has told her parents they’re thinking about moving in together, but things are complicated. Sara has a 2-year-old daughter, and as a condition of his status as a registered sex offender, Matt isn’t permitted to be left unsupervised with the child.

Sara’s mother, Anne, says she believes Matt shouldn’t be around her granddaughter at all. She and Sara’s dad are promising to file for custody of the toddler if Sara moves in with him.

Matt says “I want to show Sara’s parents that I’m a good guy and that they can trust me.”

Is it possible Matt may have been wrongfully convicted? Watch the full episode on Friday. Click here to find out where.

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‘I’m Willing To Take A Polygraph,’ Says Woman Whose Former Brother-In-Law Was Convicted of Having Assaulted Her

Matt claims he was falsely accused and wrongly convicted of groping his ex-wife’s younger sister in 2010. He says he served just two months in jail, but now he’s a registered sex offender – for life. He vigorously denies molesting his former sister-in-law and claims his ex and her mother had a “vendetta” against him and put the girl – who was just 14 at the time – up to it.

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“He’s lying. I’m willing to take a polygraph to prove that,” says the young woman who is now an adult. She maintains her allegations that Matt sexually abused her as a teenager.

Anne – the mother of Matt’s current girlfriend, Sara, asks some weighty questions of his accuser. She says if Matt isn’t cleared, and Sara moves forward with her plans to live with Matt, she’ll file for custody of Sara’s 2-year-old daughter.

Watch the full episode on Friday’s Dr. Phil. Click here to find out where you can watch.

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Woman Says She Believes Convicted Sex-Offender Boyfriend Is Safe To Be Around

Sara is a 22-year-old single mother who says she’s desperate to prove her boyfriend Matt – a 34-year-old registered sex offender – is safe to be around her 2-year-old daughter. She says they met just two months ago and from there, the relationship escalated quickly. “Matt really did sweep me off my feet,” declares Sara.

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In the video above, Sara says she’s in love with Matt and would like to marry him one day. There’s a snag. Sara says her parents object to their granddaughter being around a convicted sex-offender and have threatened to take the child away from Sara if she ever leaves the toddler alone with Matt.

Sara says she believes Matt was wrongly convicted of indecent assault of a minor. The victim in the case: a former wife’s (then) 14-year-old sister. “Matt’s told me his ex-wife’s mother had a vendetta against him. The younger sister ended up testifying against Matt.”

Matt, who insists he’s innocent of the charges that were brought against him, says he spent two months in jail after his conviction and is now a registered sex offender –for life.

Sara says she wants help convincing her parents that Matt is innocent so they’ll accept him into the family; but is she doing what’s best for her daughter? Tune in to Dr. Phil on Friday.

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Woman Says She’s Furious Her Daughter Is Dating A Convicted Sex Offender: ‘I Am Terrified Of My Granddaughter Being Around Him’

Twenty-two-year-old Sara began dating 34-year-old Matt, a registered sex offender, just two months ago. She says she “fell head over heels” for Matt, and believes his claim that he’s innocent of the crimes he was convicted of six years ago: indecent assault and corruption of a minor.

Sara says she wants to marry Matt one day and is thinking about moving in with him. She acknowledges she can’t move in with him now, because he has legal restrictions and can’t ever be left alone with her 2-year-old daughter. She also says her parents object because they don’t want Sara’s 2-year-old daughter around Matt – at all. “My parents have threatened to take custody of my daughter from me.”

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“I am terrified of my granddaughter being around him,” asserts Sara’s mom, Anne, who claims her daughter is “being reckless.”

Anne says she’s furious that Sara is considering moving in with Matt. “If she moves in with him without him being cleared of these charges, I will file for custody of that child.”

Does Anne have good reason to be concerned? Tune in to Friday’s Dr. Phil.

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See What Drug Tests Results Reveal About Exes In A Contentious Custody Battle

Crystal and her ex-husband Christian are in a contentious custody battle with a 12-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son caught in the middle. Crystal accuses Christian of being violent toward her, kidnapping the children and using drugs – accusations he denies. Christian, on the other hand, accuses Crystal of being vindictive, brainwashing their daughter into believing he is on drugs and withholding his children from him. Watch their stories here and here.

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On Tuesday’s episode of Dr. Phil, Dr. Phil speaks with the couple and their 12-year-old daughter and offers advice for how they can all move forward peacefully.

WATCH: 12-Year-Old Claims Estranged Relationship With Father Is Tearing Her World Apart

In the video above from after the show, Dr. Phil reveals the results of Crystal and Christian’s drug tests, and says what he believes is driving the couple’s behavior.

This episode airs Thursday. Watch more here.

Woman Taken To Task For Interrogating 8-Year-Old Stepson

Amy and her husband, Christian, are engaged in a custody battle with Christian’s ex-wife, Crystal. The couple claims that Crystal is vindictive and withholds his 12-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son from seeing them. But Crystal says she is trying to protect the children from what she calls a “never-ending nightmare.” Watch their stories here and here.

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WATCH: 12-Year-Old’s Plea To Dr. Phil: ‘I Am Asking You, Begging You, Please Help Make My Childhood A Little Easier’

In the video above, Dr. Phil questions Amy about why she referred to her 8-year-old stepson as her “little spy.” Hear her explanation, and see why Dr. Phil takes her to task for her behavior, and says to her, “You’re going to tell me you’re not interrogating this child?”

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Will these parents decide to calm the chaos and put the children’s best interest first? This episode of Dr. Phil airs Thursday. Watch more here.

12-Year-Old Describes What It’s Like Being Caught In The Middle Of Her Parents Fighting

A 12-year-old wrote to Dr. Phil begging for help because she says her parents hate each other and constantly put her in the middle of the fighting.

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“I feel like if they’re not talking to each other, they’re talking to me about each other,” she says. “My mom will say, ‘I hate your father. He’s a jerk.’ And then my dad will say, ‘She’s a selfish brat.’”

WATCH: Woman Claims Ex Is A ‘Bad Dad,’ Drags Young Kids Into Custody Feud

The preteen claims her father has “messed up” her life and caused her to fail classes, lose friends and harm her body.

WATCH: Man Claims Ex-Wife ‘Dangles Children In His Face’ And Uses Them As A ‘Weapon To Get Money’

“My dad is supposed to be a father-figure but he has turned into someone who likes to hurt people. He’s torn me apart and brought the evil out of me,” she continues. “My dad’s my enemy. I don’t know who he is anymore.”

WATCH: 12-Year-Old Claims Estranged Relationship With Father Is Tearing Her World Apart

Watch more of her story in the video above. And on Thursday’s episode of Dr. Phil, hear from her parents. Check here to see where you can watch.

22-Year-Old Claims Former Stepfather Is Violent, ‘Evil Man’

“My former stepfather, Christian, is an evil man,” claims Kameron, whose mother married Christian when he was 8 years old.

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Kameron claims Christian started to have psychotic episodes and screaming and yelling became part of their daily lives.

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“I have seen Christian grab my mom by her throat, choke her,” Kameron claims. “When I was 13, he came, picked me up by the throat and threw me across my bed where I hit my head with enough force to actually crack the sheet rock.”

Kameron also claims, “He would tell me I was possessed by a demon, he would kill me and that I would burn in the fiery pits of hell.”

WATCH: 12-Year-Old’s Plea To Dr. Phil: ‘I Am Asking You, Begging You, Please Help Make My Childhood A Little Easier’

Christian, however, adamantly denies all of Kameron’s accusations. He says he and Kameron always got along, and he tried to be a positive father-figure in his life by taking him to church, helping him with his homework and never disciplining him.

On Thursday’s episode of Dr. Phil, Kameron and his mother face off with Christian and his new wife. Can they agree to put the two young children’s wellbeing and safety first? Check here to see where you can watch.