Jennifer, 40, claims her parents, Anne and Charles, “fraudulently” gained temporary custody of her 6-year-old daughter and also turned her 18-year-old daughter, Sarah, and 20-year-old son, Josh, against her. Anne and Charles deny any wrongdoing and say Jennifer’s behavior over the years has been so irrational and unstable that they had no choice but to “rescue” their grandchildren — and begin the adoption process with their youngest granddaughter. They say Jennifer is mentally ill, volatile, moody and irresponsible. With a critical custody hearing just days away, Dr. Phil brings this family together in search of a resolution. Are her children better off with their grandparents? Hear from Sarah — what does she have to say about her mother’s behavior?
Don’t miss Part 2 tomorrow, when Jennifer offers to take a drug test after her family questions whether she is abusing prescription drugs. What will the results reveal? Plus, Josh speaks out, explaining why he “excommunicated” his mother. How can Jennifer work toward getting her children back in her life?
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Parent-Child Custody Battle
Anne and Charles say their daughter is mentally ill and has put her 6-year-old daughter in danger. “My daughter is completely unstable,” Anne says. “She lives in a fantasy world.”
Charles agrees. “We had no choice but to rescue our grandchildren,” he says. “We simply hope that she can get well and be able to be a good parent for her daughter; but we don’t see that happening unless she gets some type of help.”
Jennifer denies her parents’ accusations and insists she’s a wonderful mother. “I love all of my children," she says. "I would do anything for them.”
Jennifer says she has supervised visits, once a week, with her 6-year-old daughter — who is living with Anne and Charles, along with Jennifer’s 18-year-old daughter, Sarah, and 20-year-old son, Josh. “I do deserve to parent my children,” she says. “I want my daughter to live with me immediately.”
Anne is concerned that her daughter could lose full parental rights at an upcoming custody hearing. "That means no visitation, no contact — nothing. It makes me feel horrible," Anne says. "But she's not capable of being a good mother."
How does Jennifer allege her parents “fraudulently” gained temporary custody of her youngest daughter?
Anne and Charles explain why they felt they had no choice but to raise their grandchildren.
Hear from Sarah. “I’ve felt like I’ve been more of the mother in the mother-daughter relationship.”
Tune in tomorrow to hear from Jennifer's son, Josh. Who does he think should raise his little sister? And, Jennifer requests a drug test — what will the results reveal? Plus, don't miss the backstage showdown between Jennifer and her family!