The two children of a mother who had been through “horrific life experiences” as a young woman will be adopted, a Family Court Judge has ruled.
Both children, who were 16 and six months old respectively, had been in foster care since birth despite the mother’s wish to care for them herself.
However, a clinical psychologist believed the woman was “highly vulnerable” after the challenges she had faced in her life having been taken into care as a child. These included a drug problem, sexual assault by “a professional in a position of trust”, rape and sexual exploitation. Additionally, she “has had sex with multiple men in exchange for drugs”. All of these experiences have resulted in periods of poor mental health and she self-harmed on several occasions, the Court heard. The psychologist called the mother’s ability to make protective and safe decisions “really skewed”.
At the Family Court in Reading, Judge Kambiz Moradifar claimed that the “greatest tragedy about this case is the consistent failure of the professionals to provide for and to meet the mother’s needs as a child and a teenager”. He added that the “temptation to remedy that failure in this court is all too great”.
Despite this desire the Judge explained that, sadly, the evidence was “overwhelmingly against” the mother’s proposed plan to care for her children. While adoption should only be ordered when nothing else will do, Judge Moradifar ruled that this was the case with this family. Therefore he made a placement order allowing the local authority to find adoptive parents for the woman’s two children.
This was the last of three judgments dealing with this family. Read it here.
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