A 13-year-old says that since her dad passed away nine years ago, life has been “rough.”

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“My mom got into drinking, and that’s when her addiction started,” she says. “Whenever she would get drunk, we don’t know how to act because I was so young. It always scared me.”

The teen says that when she lived with her mom and her boyfriend, she felt like she had to take care of her younger brother – and she also witnessed abuse.

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“He put his hands on her head when they were arguing one time, and I saw that. I got scared for my mom,” she shares. “Since that’s happened, I still have worries, but he has cleaned up a little.”

Hear more from the teen in the video above. How does her mom, Jessica, react? And, Dr. Phil and Robin have a message for Jessica, whose children are living with her mom, about the foster care system.

On Wednesday’s episode, hear more of this family’s story. And, will Jessica agree to Dr. Phil’s offer of help? Check here to see where you can watch.

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