Can I get my kids back

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MY1508
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Can I get my kids back

Post by MY1508 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:55 pm

Hello, I am writing on behalf of my friend. About 2 weeks ago her 3 kids 5 8 and 11 got taken, one with an aunt one with a grandparent and one with a foster parent. The reasons was because of her mental health and has hit her self in thepassed infront of her children. Her adult social worker said that with 2 years of therapy she should learn to control everything and should be fine. But the school said they came in scruffy a few times due to the kids keep ripping their clothes or forgetting to put on socks. They eventually told her to move out and left the kids with the father but they had an anonymous call to say that he has left and met the Mum when the court has only allowed them to see each other during school hours and they said he puts the needs of his wife before his kids which he doesn’t but he tries to balance everything at ones. They said they can’t get them back till 18 but if the therapy takes 2 years then that mean the dad won’t have to look after her as much and can care for the kids better and they will be much older will they not be able to get the court order discharged? They also have to older children 16 an 14 which still live with them but they do not allow them to see their siblings unsupervised which distresses them as they was a really close family and siblings. The social worker has often come across ignorant to their needs and emotions as a family and rather to help them they have just though taking the kids would be the easiest option. What can they do to get their kids back? If that is possible and can their siblings fight for them

MY1508
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Re: Can I get my kids back

Post by MY1508 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:38 am

Hello is anyone there

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Suzie, FRG Adviser
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Re: Can I get my kids back

Post by Suzie, FRG Adviser » Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:39 am

Dear MY1508

As you posted on another thread as well your post has already received a response.

Best wishes

Suzie

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Re: Can I get my kids back

Post by beckey11 » Fri May 18, 2018 11:44 am

I have done loads of courses from safeguarding to parenting myself and my husband has and we have put loads of stuff into place but the local authorties are not listening to my older 3 i can not get back but my yongest has got 11 years left in care and i am not giving up on her any suggestions please

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Re: Can I get my kids back

Post by Suzie, FRG Adviser » Fri May 25, 2018 12:06 pm

Dear beckey11

Welcome to the parents’ discussion board and thank you for you post. My name is Suzie, online adviser at Family Rights Group.

I see that your children are currently in care of the local authority under what I assume are full care orders. You are anxious to have your children returned to your care as you believe that your husband and you have completed various courses which should make it possible for you to have your children back in your care.

It is difficult to advise you fully as you have given very little background information about how your children came to be in local authority care. However, the fact is, they are in care and the question you wish to be answered is whether you can have them back in your care.
There is a possibility that children in long term foster care can be rehabilitated back into their family but this will depend on a number of factors. Firstly, it is important that the parent or parents wishing to discharge a care order has to show that they have made significant changes in their lives especially in relation to the issues that led to children’s services having safeguarding concerns and subsequently applying to the court for care order. Secondly, there would need to be good contact taking place with the children to show that the relationship has been maintained. The children’s welfare is very important and it would have to be in their best interests for the court to decide that the care order should be discharged.

Before making an application to discharge a care order, it is advisable to obtain a copy of the judgement which was given at the final hearing to see exactly the reasons given by the judge to explain why it was not in the children’s interests to live with their parents. These concerns would have to be addressed and evidence provided to the court to show what has been done. It would also be helpful to read the guardian’s final analysis report as this too will refer to the reasons it was not good for the children to be in their parents’ care.

If you do not have copies of the judgement or guardian’s report, you can ask your solicitor for copies. You may have to pay a fee for them to obtain your file from storage depending on how long ago the care orders were made.

Our advice sheet Reuniting children in the care system with their families will give you more information.

Should you wish to discuss your situation with an adviser, please telephone our advice line on 0808 801 0366. The advice line is open from 9.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday.

I hope you find this helpful.

Best wishes

Suzie

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