Call us: Mon - Fri 8:30am - 7pm, Sat - Sun 9am - 5pm
Call local rate 0330 056 3171
Mon - Fri 8:30am - 7pm | Sat - Sun 9am - 5pm
Call local rate 0330 056 3171
Mon - Fri 8:30am - 7pm | Sat - Sun 9am - 5pm

High Court approves adoption of baby taken following Court-ordered caesarean

The baby girl born to an Italian woman who was sectioned after suffering “paranoid delusions” has been adopted.

The then-pregnant 35 year-old woman visited the UK for a training course in 2012. One day she suffered a  panic attack at her hotel and the police were called. Her mother told them that she had not been taking her medication for bipolar disorder. She was detained after suffering “paranoid delusions”.

Her baby, called ‘P’ in case reports, was born via a court-ordered caesarean section during the mother’s subsequent stay at a psychiatric facility, and immediately taken into care by Essex County Council.

Sitting at the High Court this week, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, ruled that the girl, called ‘P’ in case reports, should now  be formally adopted by a couple he referred to as “Mr and Mrs X”, who have cared for the child since last November.

The judge declared:

“Mr and Mrs X are good and loving people. They are admirably equipped to meet P’s needs now and into the future. P is obviously thriving in their care and doing very well. In all the circumstances, and having regard to the ‘welfare checklist’ in section 1(4) of the [Adoption and Children Act 2002], P’s welfare throughout her life requires – demands – that she be adopted. Nothing else will do.”

The court heard details of a series of emails between the mother and a social worker at Essex County Council. When asked for her views on the proposed adoption, the mother wrote:

“I wish for my daughter the best. Me personally I am trying to forget this bad experience I had in England. I love my daughter with all my heart and I pray to see her one day again.”

Sir James Munby noted that despite criticism of the case from the Italian authorities:

“As of 1 April 2014 the position remained as it had been on 17 December 2013. … no application of any kind had been made on behalf of either the mother or the Italian authorities, whether to the Court of Protection, the Chelmsford County Court or the Family Division, nor had any application been made to the Court of Appeal. In particular, it is to be noted, neither the mother, nor for that matter the father, had made any application in accordance with section 47(5) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 for leave to oppose the making of an adoption order.”

The blog team at Stowe is a group of writers based across our family law offices who share their advice on the wellbeing and emotional aspects of divorce or separation from personal experience. As well as pieces from our family law solicitors, guest contributors also regularly contribute to share their knowledge.

Contact us

As the UK's largest family law firm we understand that every case is personal.


  1. Winston Smith says:

    This appeals to be grounds for appeal.

    Didn’t Nicolas Munby say there were to be no more Forced Adoptions of foreign children ?

    And he would hear all details of this case himself ?

  2. sara says:

    The UK family courts are certainly doing their level best to living up to their reputation as child snatchers . There is an ever growing body of evidence that they are the de facto supply side of the adoption industry.
    I suppose the human rights of the mother because she ‘suffered’ paranoid delusions and was bipolar were duly extinguished.It was as if this was a permanent state and she represented a constant lifelong threat to the child. Is it a law therefore that all bipolar mothers must give up their children for adoption and forcibly submit to C-sections? Has this issue been debated in Parliament? Has the British public been consulted in so-called democratic Britain? No the courts , that is to say Judges do exactly as they damn well please – they are the law ,accountable to no one.They are the self-appointed , supreme ,infalliable ,experts in children’s welfare. Your children belong to them.

  3. Kendra Cyrus says:

    The court’s judgement is absolutely justified.

Leave a comment

Help & advice categories


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up for advice on divorce and relationships from our lawyers, divorce coaches and relationship experts.

What type of information are you looking for?

Privacy Policy