Friday was meant to be the day when we heard the verdict of the court case regarding Winnie Whirlwind’s Little Sister. Special Guardianship versus adoption was the case up for discussion. We have been waiting for this moment since September.
The result; an adjournment until June sometime. The reason; concerns about the Special Guardian under consideration and more information required.
Little Sis was only a couple of weeks old when the local authority approached us as her potential adopters. If she is finally placed with us or a Special Guardian, she will be over a year old.
I don’t care what anyone says this little one will undoubtedly have some attachment issues, caused by the system.
In the meantime our lives, the lives of Little Sis and her foster carers and the birth family all remain in limbo.
To make matters worse we were due to go to approval panel today in London at 2pm. We were sitting on the station waiting for the train when my mobile rang at 9.30am this morning. It was the assessing social worker calling to say that we were no longer going to panel as some of the paperwork was incomplete! We and the assessing authority have known about panel since January. We submitted all necessary documents and forms just after Christmas.
The thing I find the hardest about all of this is that we have no voice, hence my rant here. We are expected to ‘hang on in there’. We have to sit back quietly and wait, just in case the court finally decides that Little Sis should be adopted. Then we will have to pick up the pieces and parent another traumatised little girl.