‘They stole my little girl,’ says mother judged too stupid to care for her baby

(DAILY MAIL)   A young mother who was judged too stupid to care for her own baby has accused social workers of ‘stealing’ the child from her.

The woman, who must be identified only as Rachel for legal reasons, is taking her case to the European Court of Human Rights in a last ditch attempt to halt the adoption of the child, now aged three.

She has told the Mail that she was bitterly unhappy with her treatment at the hands of social workers at Nottingham City Council.

Rachel who has taken her case to the European Court of Human Rights

Rachel has taken her case to the European Court of Human Rights

Her daughter, referred to only as K, was born three months prematurely with severe medical complications. Officials felt the first-time mother lacked the intelligence to cope with the child and care for her in safety.

K was eventually discharged from hospital and given to a foster family.

But although her health has now improved to the point where she needs little or no day-to-day care, the child is due to be handed to adoptive parents within three months.

Rachel will then be barred from further contact.

The adoption is going ahead despite a recent psychiatrist’s report which declared that the 24-year-old has ‘good literacy and numeracy and that her general intellectual abilities appear to be within the normal range’.

It said the unemployed former cleaner had no previous history of learning disability or mental illness.

The single mother told the Mail that she had been ‘totally let down’ by the system.

She said: ‘Social workers and the psychologist keep saying I have got learning difficulties but I do not. They go after the wrong people. There are people out there harming children. All I want to do is look after mine but they will not let me.

‘That girl has been stolen from me. They might have stamped all the paperwork, but she has effectively been stolen from me.’

Fight: Rachel's attempts to stop Nottingham city council's adoption of her daughter has been hampered

Fight: Rachel’s attempts to stop Nottingham City Council’s adoption of her daughter have been hampered

After a hearing earlier this month, a family court judge reduced her contact visits with K from 90 minutes every fortnight to five minutes a month in preparation for the adoption.

Rachel’s battle was compounded by the fact a psychologist concluded that her ‘learning difficulties’ would leave her unable to instruct her own solicitor.

As a result, Alastair Pitblado, the Official Solicitor, who acts for those who cannot represent themselves, was called in. He declined to contest the council’s adoption application, despite Rachel’s wish to do so.

She told appeal court judges last year that the Official Solicitor’s involvement had reduced her to a ‘spectator’ in the case, even though she had the mental capacity to take part.

A study last year found that Rachel’s IQ was rated at 71 – the IQ of an ‘average’ adult is 90-109.

Rachel will claim at the European Court that the lack of a fair hearing and the enforced adoption has infringed her human rights.

Social workers first raised doubts about Rachel’s parenting capabilities soon after her daughter was born with chronic lung disease and other complications.

They were ‘concerned’ that she initially only visited the baby for one or two hours each day.

K was discharged from hospital aged six months into the care of the foster parents she remains with today.

The child’s father, aged 66, has no contact with his daughter and he and Rachel are no longer together.

Rachel is being supported by Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, a vocal critic of the family justice system.

Mr Hemming, MP for Birmingham Yardley, said Rachel had been ‘swept aside by a system that seems more interested in securing a child for adoption than preserving a natural family unit’.

The council wanted Rachel to remain anonymous, but she successfully argued that allowing her first name and picture to be used would allow the case to be discussed publicly.

The Daily Mail has long campaigned for greater openness in the family courts.

In February last year, Nottingham City Council conceded social workers had acted illegally in removing a baby boy two hours after his birth because no court order had been sought.

The council claimed that the mother’s troubled childhood and mental health problems threatened the baby’s welfare.

Nottingham City Council said that adoption cases were ‘decided by the courts, taking into account all the information presented by all parties and putting the future welfare of the child as the priority’.

3 Responses to ‘They stole my little girl,’ says mother judged too stupid to care for her baby

  • I am sick of CPS workers kidnapping and even molesting children, this CPS corrupt has to stop. If it doesn’t then this proves that pedophiles are above the law. No powerful person or unpowerful person is above the law.

    If our are gonna start breaking laws why shouldn’t the people start breaking laws as well, illegal activities breed more illegal activities.

    Crime breeds more crime, unless somebody is going to do something about it, stop the criminals in our government then the people will comply to all laws.

  • I was a “CPS worker” in New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services for almost eleven years. I can say that CPS is the most intrusive arm of the state that exists and it is very destructive.

    If for example sixty thousand child mistreatment reports are investigated in New York City every year then you are talking about a computerized data base that describes who lives where and with whom, who sleeps with who else, what kids say about their parents, etc.

    ACS publishes stats (admitedly these stats are only roughly correct, as ACS’s record keeping, particularly of totals is a bit shaky):

    http://nyc.gov/html/acs/downloads/pdf/stats_5_year_2009.pdf

    Yhousands of families being snooped, thousands of kids being snatched, a nassive data bank! And to what end? To rescue enfangered children? Well if you think so then please leave a message here. I own the Brooklyn Bridge and I’m looking for a buyer.

    I sent an open letter to President Obama about CPS and foster care. Of course, no surprise here, there was no response.

    http://acsmustbestopped.blogspot.com/2009/05/open-letter-to-president-barack-obama.html

  • PS- fotgive rgw typo please, Also- We in the US have not one major media outlet that campaigns for openness in our family courts. We have not one member of congress who would take up the cudgels for an accused “bad mother.” This atrocious sustained and ongoing attack on human rights goes on day and night with no one “who matters” giving it a second’s thought.

    My specialty by the way was “Emergency Children’s Services” and I worked dozens of cases with NYPD Special Victims and Sex Abuse detectives. For the most part I came to the doors of families in the dark of night and on holidays and Sundays. This monster never sleeps and there is no effective “working from within” or “reform strategy”to make it be something it is not.

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