Foster care girl may end up abroad

Irish Examiner - - World News - Brian Farmer

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.

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