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RE T (PLACEMENT ORDER)

The making of a placement order for adoption in respect of two children had been premature as it would not have been known whether adoption was achievable or in their best interests until after the outcome of a specialist foster placement.

1 April 2008

The appellant father (F) appealed against a care order and a placement order made in respect of his two sons (T). T’s mother and F both had significant learning difficulties that had led to severe problems in their care of T. As a result T were both deeply angry and lacked the ability to engage with others, including their parents and other adults. The local authority proposed that T be moved to a therapeutic foster placement, with a view to adoption thereafter. T’s guardian expressed concerns about whether an adoption would prove successful because of T’s difficulty making attachments, and suggested that T might fare better in long-term foster care. The judge found that adoption was in T’s best interests. F suggested that the application for a placement order be adjourned until the outcome of the therapeutic foster placement was known, but the judge held that it was in T’s interests to make the order immediately to give the local authority the greatest possible certainty ...

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