Anthony Collins Solicitors’ children law team was recently involved in the case of a young child whose mother had died, leaving her care in question.
Against the wishes of the local authority and other welfare specialists, the child’s father was seeking custody, despite previously living apart from the mother and the child. The court had before it an application for a placement order — an order that permits a local authority to place a child for adoption. Anthony Collins solicitors represented the child.
The judge decided that although the father expressed his love for the child, he failed to demonstrate an understanding of her emotional needs after such a heart-breaking loss and instead ruled the youngster should be adopted by her maternal aunt and uncle in the US.