Foster care girl may end up abroad
A five-year-old girl whose case made headlines after she was placed with foster carers who were not a cultural match could end up living abroad with a foreign grandmother, a family court judge has said.
Judge Khatun Sapnara says she might conclude that the youngster should live with her mother’s mother — and said the grandmother wanted to return to her country of origin.
The judge has decided the girl should move from a foster placement to her grandmother’s home temporarily, pending further analysis of evidence.
Social services staff had assessed the grandmother as a suitable long-term carer, said the judge. The girl’s mother wanted to “resume the care of her daughter” as soon as possible.
The judge released an order she made following a private hearing in the East London Family Court on Tuesday. Judge Sapnara said the case had a complex background. The girl’s mother said her family had a Christian heritage but the judge said there was evidence the mother’s parents had a Muslim background.
The judge said the girl was placed with foster carers on an emergency basis in March as a result of police exercising powers of protection. The judge said the girl’s mother raised concerns about the appropriateness of foster carers.
She said social services staff disputed claims made against foster carers and produced a statement addressing the “cultural appropriateness” of the foster placement. A guardian had been appointed to independently represent the girl and had no concerns as to the child’s welfare, she said.