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Lydia, age 6 months (Foster to adopt)

Ethnicity: White British
 Legal Status: Interim Care Order

The adoption medical report states Lydia is in good physical health. Her birth father is reported to have ADHD and autism; both conditions carry hereditary aspects, therefore she may be at an increased risk of either condition herself. Her birth father is a care leaver and his symptoms may be related to his early life experiences.  Lydia is currently too young for an assessment of this, however she meeting all her milestones and is in good health.
 Lydia is her parents’ first child. At birth she entered into a parent and baby foster placement with her birth mother.

The assessment was meant to be for twelve weeks, under a child protection plan due to concerns regarding parental ability to offer Lydia a safe level of care in the community. Sadly, the care offered to Lydia by her birth mother during this time-frame was not consistent and both the carer and the local authority remained concerned about Lydia’s birth mother’s ability to make safe decisions in respect of Lydia.

Lydia’s birth mother tried hard to meet all of Lydia’s care needs and clearly wanted what was best for her throughout the assessment process. However, she then made the brave decision to act in Lydia’s best interests and support an alternative plan of permanency for Lydia. Lydia’s birth mother then left the foster placement, but this is where Lydia still remains.
 Lydia requires a loving, nurturing and safe foster family, who can offer her a range of child-centred and stimulating activities so she can continue to grow and develop. They should have been assessed as suitable to offer adoption to Lydia, should this become the decision for her.