Representing a Mother with drug and alcohol dependency issues

Marie represented the Mother of a newborn baby. The Mother has had other children removed from her care and has drug and mental health issues. The older children are placed with their Father (who is separated from the Mother).

The baby was removed into foster care, and an application was made for the Mother to go to a residential unit, or a Mother and Baby foster placement. A hearing had been listed for that application to be decided.

However, at the last Court hearing, it was requested on behalf of the Mother that her case be considered to be transferred to the FDAC process and the Local Authority were ordered to consider it. The case was accepted onto FDAC so an application for a residential assessment was no longer made.

Unfortunately the Mother was unable to take advantage of the FDAC services in order to successfully deal with her drug and alcohol dependency, so the care plan for the baby changed to one of adoption. However, a family member came forward and an SGO assessment is ongoing. If successful the baby will be placed with them rather than being placed for adoption. There will be a final hearing in relation to the baby in due course.

Final orders for CAO’s were made in relation to the older children who will remain living with their Father and have regular weekly contact with their Mother.