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My name is Suzie, the online adviser at Family Rights Group.
I am sorry that 4 of your children are now on full care order and in long term foster care following care proceedings. This case has been decided by the court and, whilst I can understand that you feel you were unfairly or wrongly treated the court has made a decision. If your legal representative considered that the decision could be appealed, they would no doubt have advised you to do so.
Now that the children are in long term foster care, you should try your best to continue having contact with them. Your contact should have been discussed at the time of the final hearing. It is important that you have an understanding of what duties children’s services have in respect of your children now that they are under care orders and I am sending you a copy of our advice sheet
relating to these duties.
As you have been advised by your solicitor, it is possible to apply to discharge a care order but no application can be made to the court within six (6) months. It is also important that before considering such an application, you make sure that you address the concerns that led the court to decide that the children could not return to your care. If you do not already have a copy of the judgement then you should ask your solicitor for a copy. Read this carefully to see the reasons given by the judge why the children had to be made subject to care orders. You must address these concerns before going back to the court as if no significant changes are made it is unlikely your application would succeed.
I think your solicitor has given you very good advice relating to your baby. In that case, you need to show that you would be able to meet your baby’s needs within her timescale so if there are any courses you need to do or anything suggested in reports from the previous case that you need to do you should do them now. I do not know the details of your case as your solicitor who is the best person to advise you. To help you understand the process in addition to what your solicitor will advise you about care proceedings please read this advice sheet
Children’s services should not stop your contact for more than 7 days without giving an explanation in writing. It appears that because of your 15 year old daughter’s behaviour in running away, children’s services may be concerned that until the children are settled in their foster placement it is best that there is no contact. Alternatively, they may take the view that you may encourage the children to act up so that their placements breakdown. This would not be good for the children or you as you may find that they are placed a long way from you if their placements breakdown, although their placements should be ones that meet each child's specific needs if they are placed together or separately. The advice sheet about contact with children in care
will give you useful information about contact
The section 50 to which you refer in your post relates to applications for a recovery order as your daughter is running away. If you can encourage your daughter not to run away although it might be difficult being away from home or it could lead to action being taken to ensure that she is kept her safe.
Should you wish to speak to an adviser please telephone our free, confidential 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