So have been looking at this forum a bit more frequently now due to the fact that my daughter will be turning 18 in the next 7 months. I want to get a little bit of an idea of how it might be like to parent a grown up difficult child. As it stands right right now, difficult child is not even close to being on track to graduate. She will most likely end up a 5th year senior, if she doesn't choose to drop out first. I really can't see difficult child wanting to continue her education once she turns 18. Her attendance has continued on a downward spiral for the last 3 years. She has no desire to do anything but surf the net and draw. She aspires to be a chef, but doesn't want to put in the work to get there. She has had numerous interventions over the years. Nothing seems to help. She already sees a school psychologist, a social worker, and a psychiatrist. She is in a self contained classroom with only a few other kids. Her teacher specializes in ED kids, and she has an personal aide who helps her with her work. On the rare occasions that she is actually at school, classroom time is spent arguing with the teachers and aides because she doesn't feel like doing the assignments. Let's face it, school is not difficult child's "thing." I am quickly losing hope she will ever graduate unless something drastic happens. I am not taking it well. I am heartbroken. I am grieving over the child I was hoping to have but didn't. I don't know where difficult child will be headed once she hits adulthood, but if she continues along the same path she is now, she will most likely be working minimum wage and not be able to support herself financially. I cannot afford to support her once child support stops. I am losing hope she will ever be a productive member of society. So basically I am looking for some advice or insight from those of you who have been in my shoes. For those of you who have children who never graduated, how did you get over it?