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Can I get custody of my younger siblings (16 and 15) also while finding an apartment and job through welfare?

Q: To begin, I'm a 20 year old college student who has been planning on transferring to a local college or taking the semester off. My younger siblings have recently moved back from Japan after the passing of our mother. The plan was to be with them (their English is very bad) and assist in school work, show them around and what not, rather than being 3 hrs away in school.
My father has recently kicked me out the house but due to me and my siblings close relationship they've come with me to my aunts house to stay a few nights. My siblings have a very strained relationship with him because during the 8 years in Japan we all witnessed him abuse and slander our extremely ill mother. 100 percent they rather live with me rather than him.
Is it possible for me to gain custody of them while applying for public assistance to get an apartment and job to get on our feet. I'm completely okay with taking any necessary breaks from school and working full time to support them.

A: Generally for a non-parent to gain custody of children as against a parent, one must prove the parent persistently neglected the children, or abandoned them. Moreover, I don't believe you'll be able to apply for PA for them until after you obtain a court order of custody. Call a Westchester Family Law attorney for more info.

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