Mother gets more time in care fight

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Published: Friday 24th October 2014 by The News Editor

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A woman has won the latest round of a fight to care for her 15-month-old daughter after a family court judge said she had not been given time to allay social workers’ concerns.

The toddler had been placed for adoption after a local authority said she was “likely to suffer emotional harm” in the care of her mother.

But Judge Lynn Roberts overruled that decision after the woman appealed.

The judge said the woman had “difficulties” but said she was unsure what the “risk” would be to the little girl.

She said the child had been in interim foster care before being place for adoption.

And she said the youngster should stay in interim care until further assessments had been made of the woman.

Detail has emerged in a ruling by Judge Roberts following a hearing in a family court in Chelmsford, Essex.

The judge said the toddler and her mother could not be identified.

But she said the local authority with responsibility for the little girl’s welfare was Suffolk County Council.

Judge Roberts said the key question was whether the woman was “doing enough to deal with her difficulties”.

The judge said the woman, who had been undergoing therapy, had not been allowed enough time to show what steps she was taking to allay concerns

And she said the case had been dealt with in an “unreasonably fast” way.

She said a lower ranking judge had placed the youngster for adoption, after agreeing with concerns raised by social workers, following an earlier family court hearing in Ipswich, Suffolk.

Judge Roberts said the toddler’s father had admitted a serious sexual offence shortly before she was born.

The judge said social workers had become involved and the little girl had been placed in interim foster care when a few days old.

Published: Friday 24th October 2014 by The News Editor

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