15th Dec 2023 | Cases
Sara was instructed by the local authority in a case concerning a 14 month old baby boy, who was removed from his mother shortly after birth as she had sexually abused two of her older children. She was registered on the Sex Offenders Register for life and subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
The local authority’s final care plan was to place the child for adoption with paternal family members in Canada who would in due course make an application for adoption pursuant to the 1993 Hague Convention. They had been approved as foster-carers, but as they could not apply for an adoption order until the child had had lived with them for 10 weeks (section 42(2) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002), the local authority sought permission to remove the child from the jurisdiction on a temporary basis for 6 months. During this time the plan was for him to live with his relatives in Canada while the necessary assessments were undertaken.
The Court made a final Care Order and Placement Order authorising the local authority to place the child with prospective adopters, and granted permission for the child to be removed from the jurisdiction on a temporary basis for a period of up to 6 months.
To read the full published judgement please click this link: A, Re (Sexual Abuse – Care and Placement Orders) (Rev1)  EWFC 222 (14 September 2022) (bailii.org)