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(Family Division; Hogg J; 24 June 2008)
Care and placement orders were made in relation to a 15-month-old child whose father was a sex offender. Although there was no criticism of the mother's physical care of the child, or of the child's two older half-siblings, the court was very critical of the mother's emotional care of the children and her ability to protect them. The mother was still emotionally enmeshed with father and there was a risk that she would reunite with him; she had failed to cooperate with the local authority and had deceived the authority and the court concerning her ongoing relationship with the father. A parenting assessment was not justified in the circumstances; the child could not wait. Ending the child's contact with her half-siblings was a difficult problem but the adoption placement should not be put in jeopardy by ongoing direct contact with them.
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