Heartbroken grandparents lose appeal in custody fight
Grandparents lose baby custody battle
A COUPLE who have lost the fight for custody of their baby granddaughter at the Court of Appeal in London, fear they will never see her again.
The grandparents, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, but live in the Ashford area, sought custody of the child and had been assessed to see whether they would be suitable adopters.
They were turned down and then asked to be assessed for “special guardianship,” a new legal option providing a permanent home for children where adoption is not appropriate.
Their request was refused at Canterbury County Court last July.
They took their case to the Court of Appeal where Lord Justice Thorpe said he believed the county court judge had been wrong to refuse their request.
He said the judge had not had recent guidance on the circumstances of special guardianship.
However, he said that to interfere in the child’s life now would do more harm than good.
This week, as their granddaughter’s adoption is made official, they wait to hear whether they will have any contact at all.
The woman said: “We were told we wouldn’t be able to help with computer homework and that older parents can feel isolated. That’s not us.
“Age shouldn’t be a barrier to adoption.
“It is heartbreaking and has ruined our lives. Where are the rights of the grandparents?”