It is a very tough situation for your boyfriend. Hopefully, once he leaves his home he will find a safe place to live where he can begin to establish his life. It’s going to be difficult to live independently, especially if he never graduates high school. There are many fewer employment opportunities for people without high school diplomas. You can support him in earning his GED and with any luck, he’ll make enough money to live independently.
I want to caution you against thinking that you can help your boyfriend more than you can. You can’t heal his psychological pain. You’re not his therapist and it is not your responsibility to “fix him.” Obviously, you want to help but there are limits. You can support him but you cannot fix his problems.
He should consult a mental health professional. Mental health professionals treat psychological problems. They could also help him out of his terrible living situation. Local community mental health centers offer low cost or free services.
He might also contact a school counselor. He has been expelled but he or she could still help. Another option is contacting the local child welfare agency. He is a minor living with parents who seem to be neglecting him. The Florida abuse and neglect hotline is 1-800-962-2873. They can provide assistance.
The best you can do is offer your support and encourage his efforts to move out, find a job and to seek psychological help. That is all you can do but it is enough. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle