Toddler must remain with adoptive parents, Family Court rules


A Latvian family who wanted to prevent a toddler from being adopted in England have lost their fight in the Family Court.

The 14-month-old child was placed with an English couple who had officially adopted him when he was just weeks old.

But his parents wanted the boy returned to their care after his biological grandmother had offered to let the child live with her in Latvia.

Following a battle in a London Family Court, the Judge ruled that the boy’s best interest will be best served if he remains in the “loving care” of the couple he currently lives with.

Mr Justice Cobb said the toddler had “forged secure attachments” to the English couple.

He added that the prospects of the child forging equally strong attachments either with his biological parents or his grandmother were “poor”.

The boy was born prematurely at home and was brought to hospital care and left there, the Court heard.

His parents had also given him a “classic” English forename to have the best change of adoption.

Both sets of parents and the child have remained anonymous.

Mr Justice Cobb said: “I have reached the clear conclusion that [the boy’s] best interests will be served by him remaining throughout his childhood in the loving care of [the couple he lives with] in whose favour I propose to make an adoption order.

“The relevant factors in this case, while not all one way, nonetheless cumulatively point overwhelmingly to this outcome as the best possible one for [the boy].

“The risk of disruption to the secure attachments which [he] has forged with the [couple] cannot in his interests be taken.

“I consider that the prospects of him ever forging an equally, or even a sufficiently, strong attachment with either his birth parents or his maternal grandmother are poor, given their respective plans for his future care.

“The consequences for [him] if he failed to achieve that level of security could be catastrophic for his emotional well-being and development.”

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