Supporting a Mother with mental health issues

Marie represented a Mother at a final hearing of a case where the child had been removed just after birth under an interim care order. Her other child had already been made the subject of a final order care order and placement for adoption just prior to this child’s birth.

The Mother had a number of mental health issues that required treatment taking over one year, which had not yet commenced. The Mother reached the difficult conclusion that the evidence was overwhelming and that she did not wish to oppose the applications.

This decision was not prompted by Marie’s advice. Rather, her client felt emotionally unable to go through a final hearing again and did not wish to oppose the applications. Marie supported her client in her decision, and made the submissions on threshold that she contested and was successful in having the threshold findings limited to the matters that the Mother accepted.

Final Care and Placement orders were made, not opposed by the Marie’s client.