Another instance of essentially birth family-hostile and internecine hair-splitting which merely brings UK Family Law into even more disrepute in the eyes of our more Enlightened European neighbours.
As Foster to Adopt placements (where a child is placed with foster carers who are also approved as adopters and might go on to adopt the child if the Court decides to make a Placement Order) become more prevalent, both as a result of the Children and Families Act 2014 and the political drive to have more such placements, this particular case resolves two issues that might be significant in the future.
Or at least, flags up what I’d consider to be the correct answer in law and we await a decision from the High Court or Court of Appeal in the future to definitively confirm it, as this is a case determined by a Circuit Judge and thus not binding on future cases.
[It is very well reasoned though, and I’d be rather surprised if a higher Court were to disagree. ]
Re B (A child :adoption) 2015
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