A mother’s fight to see her children

ON A day like any other last May a Boston woman got her children up and ready, dropped her eldest son at school and took her youngest son to the hospital.

By the end of the day both of her children had been taken away from her and placed into care. They have not been home since, and every day she has had to face the fact she may never see her boys again.

More than a year on, the 28-year-old has vowed she will do whatever it takes to get her children back with her – even if it means fighting social services all the way to the Royal Courts of Justice.

She told The Standard: “These are my babies and I will fight this every step of the way.”

When the boys were originally taken into care, the woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was told that doctors had been under the impression that the younger boy had been absued. He had bruises on his back and an injury to the inside of his bottom lip.

However, The Standard has been shown letters from a consultant stating that, in his medical opinion, the injury could have been caused by the toddler falling on to his face. The boys’ mother said she told the doctors at the time that the toddler, who has been classified as ‘a difficult child’, had a habit of head banging.

There was no evidence of mistreatment with the older child, and documents show he was put into care because it was believed he may face emotional issues in later life.

Last month, following a total of 14 court hearings, Lincolnshire County Council was granted full care orders by the court for both the boys, and given permission by a judge to seek adoption placements for them.

The woman said she is currently working on an appeal against the order, and if she is not successful, she will carry the case through as far as is necessary.

She said: “Through the whole case, nothing has been proven. There’s no evidence and no consistency. It’s all based on opinion.

“They are my kids. I would never do anything to hurt them.”

Since the boys were removed from her care last May, the woman has been able to have regular contact with them, but with the full care order in place, she can see them only once a fortnight.

After November, that will be reduced to once every two months for her younger son, and then, if suitable adoption placements are found, she could never see them again.

The woman is part of several online groups supporting parents with similar stories, including an organisation called Parents Against Injustice (PAIN), a voluntary group helping to raise awareness of people in this situation.

She will speak at PAIN’s annual conference in Skegness later this year.

Stuart Carlton, assistant director of Children’s Services for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We are unable to comment on any individual cases, but together with our partners, the safety and welfare of children is a top priority.

“These type of decisions on where children should live are taken through a legal process with the best interests of children at heart. All parties are independently represented, including the children and young people involved.

“We will continue to do all we can to ensure children and young people are safe and well cared for.”