Representing young children through a Guardian

Marie represented two very young children in an application made by the Local Authority for Care Orders and placement for adoption orders. The children were found in circumstances of very poor home conditions and neglect and removed from the home by the Police. Subsequently, interim care orders were made at court and the children were removed to foster care, with the support of the children’s Guardian.

The Children will remain in foster care until the final hearing. Sadly, an independent social work assessment of the Mother has concluded that she is unable to care for the children in the long term. The decision at the final hearing will be whether they should be returned to the Mother or, in light of their young ages, be placed for adoption.

The Mother has been imprisoned whilst proceedings were on-going and has given birth to her third child in prison. An application was made for the child’s removal soon after birth. The application was granted and the baby was also placed in foster care (from the hospital), whilst the Mother returned to prison, pending a final hearing. The Prison had in any event refused to accommodate the Mother on the Mother and Baby unit because of the risks previously identified in relation to her parenting ability.

On release from prison the Mother made a Part 25 application for a residential assessment with all 3 children. The court refused that application and listed the case for a final hearing.

Interim Care orders continue until final hearing and the proceedings.