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I am a mother of 4. Two stepchildren and two biologic. But they are all my children. I have been with my husband for about 7 years. And I've known my stepchildren since they were 1 and 2. They are now 10 and 8. The kids live with their mom through the week and come to my house on weekends and vacations. For the past few months the kids are telling me that their mom is locking her foster son and my stepson in their bedroom which happens to be the attic when they are bad or during the whole night while the whole house sleeps. My stepson is the 8 year old. They threaten him with not coming to his fathers house just so he'll do what they want. They also don't feed him dinner when he is supposedly in trouble. My ten year old strpdaughter slleps with her 6 yr old half brother, takes showers with him, does all the household chores and looks after her other brothers and cousin. I feel this is not fair to either one of them and feel like they would have a better life here with us because all they would do is play and be children. We can't afford a lawyer and I am afraid to call children services because we don't want to make her mad. I feel like our hands are behind our backs and I don't know what to do. Any advice?