In almost every adoption case where the court has to make a decision about a child, it is the welfare of the child that the court must consider as it is the principal concern of the court in care proceedings,state Curry Popeck solicitors in Harrow.
The rights of the parents are of much lesser importance in such cases. Recently, a judge opened the way for the adoption of a seriously ill baby boy after ruling that it was in the best interest of the child and that his mother’s love alone would not be enough to meet his needs.
The boy was born 12 weeks prematurely and weighed just one kilogram at the time of birth. The child had chronic lung problems from birth and needed a constant supply of oxygen and monitoring day and night. His mother, in her 20s, who had a history of mental health problems and was deemed by the local council’s social workers as lacking essential parenting skills, was not allowed to take him home from hospital and the baby was placed in foster care against her wishes. Usually a child enters foster care when the court or the family decides that the child needs a safe place to stay for a while. Foster care is supposed to give families time to make changes while the child stays in a safe place.
The mother challenged the council’s decision, which was rejected by the High Court, which ruled that placement in foster care was in the best interests of the child. Although the court acknowledged that the mother genuinely loved her child and her parents had offered to help her with his care, the boy’s health needs could not be met by his birth family within a reasonable timescale. Further delay in his adoption would compromise his ability to make permanent attachments to his new family.
Child care proceedings are always emotional and the issues raised can be complex, but the best interests of the child or children have to be considered always and expert legal representation is essential.The rights of the parents cannot be denied but where their rights conflict with what is best for a child, the child’s welfare wins.So, it is always helpful to get into the habit of talking about things from the point of view of the child and not you, suggest Curry Popeck’s experienced solicitors in Harrow.
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