Appeal court allows adoption

A four-year-old boy should not be returned to his mother despite
an improvement in her mood disorders which have enabled her to
resume care of her younger son, the Court of Appeal ruled this

The successful appeal was undertaken by Devon Council after
Plymouth County Court discharged a care order over the older boy
last month.

Lord Justice Thorpe said the earlier ruling was plainly wrong
and restored the care order, freeing up the boy for adoption. The
court heard that a panel had approved the boy’s adoption by his
foster carer and she had since “dropped her emotional guard” and
told the boy of the decision.

“Once this process has been set in train the opportunity for a
judicial reconsideration and a judicial reversing from forward gear
to backwards gear hardly exists,” Lord Justice Thorpe

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