The Family Court has rejected a mother’s legal bid to have her 13 year-old daughter returned to her care.
She had applied for the dismissal of a 2011 care order which placed her daughter, ‘B’, in long term foster care. The mother also applied for an increase in the number of times she could see B if she was not successful.
B had originally been placed into foster care because she had been a victim of neglect and emotional abuse. Consequently, the relationship with her mother was “damaged”. During the supervised visits the mother was allowed, B avoided “physical interaction” and tried to distance herself, according to a psychotherapist who observed them.
B also “consistently asked for reduced contact with her mother”. This request was granted in January and the mother was told she could only visit her daughter every six weeks rather than every month.
In the West London Family Court, Her Honour Judge Corbett noted that when B was told about her mother’s application, she “became very distressed and tearful and ran out of the room”. The girl later stated that she did not like the time she spent with her mother and “could not think of anything which would make it better”. She expressed “a very clear wish to remain living where she is, in London”.
The judge ruled that the 2011 care order still served B’s best interests so the mother’s application was dismissed. Judge Corbett added that, given the girl’s very strong objections to contact with her mother, the current arrangement of seeing her once every six weeks “strikes a proportionate balance between B’s expressed wishes … and the need to promote her relationship with her birth family”.
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