Taking on my partners daughter(26 Posts)
Hey so the basis of the story is my husbands daughter got put in to Ss care due to her mums partner beating her, my husband was going to have her but due to not having suitable accommodation at the time he couldn't have her permanently (he wasn't with me at the time) well now we are in a position to have her I need some advice on what I need to do next and how other parents in similar situations dealt with it? I do have 2 children myself, we both work so we are able to support her financially but need a bigger house but will look in to that if we do have a chance in having her. Please any help and advice much welcome/needed xx tia
Gosh the poor child
I'd assume social services are involved and would expect them to be giving you guidance, parenting courses etc , Hope you and she get the support you need
It's an amazing thing you're doing for her
Just to wish you luck! I took on my dss when he was 7 but afraid I don't have any info or advice as SS weren't involved...
Does your dsd have contact with her mum? Would she/is she allowed to contest her living with you and your husband?
All the best
Yh I have got to get in touch with her acting guardian to find out what to do next and speak to a solicitor to guide us and help us get what we need for her but wanting to speak to someone with personal experience as I'm going in to this blind, just want to get her out the social services system, no child should be in there, she is currently in a 'children's home' cuz of her age not many people want to foster older children. Keeping everything crossed that we can have her, poor girl has been through too much xx
Thank you @cannotevendeal and yh she is allowed to see her mum in a contact centre and my husband gets unsupervised contact with her, she does want to live with us but due to her dad not having suitable accommodation the first time she went in to care he wasn't allowed her and courts decided she would be fostered 😔 But now I am going to help him fight to get her here wth us xx
You're welcome. Sorry but I think my question was unclear, I meant could her mum contest things? Although at 13 your dsd's wishes should hopefully count for a lot.
This link might be useful
Oh yh I read it wrong, not sure if she can but given the fact she is choosing to wait for the boyfriend who beat her child to come out of prison I should hope her opinion wouldn't matter. She obviously dosnt have her DD's best interests at heart.
Oh ok thanks for that will have a read xx
Oh dear, that sounds awful.
I didn't realise that the relationship was still 'ongoing'
I put a confused face instead of a sad face because I personally don't like people to feel sorry for my dss... it is arguably sad that his 'mum' gave him up but tbh it was the best thing for him to live with us in a stable home so there's a lot to be happy about... I hope that makes sense!
I would first have a lot of questions of your dp before even considering this.
His daughter had been removed from her mothers care while he didn't have suitable accommodation. At this point why wasn't his sole focus and aim in life to provide a home for her? All he would have needed was a tiny two bedroom flat if that was the sole reason he didn't take her in.
Instead he had the time to start a relationship with you, your two children and for you all to move in together. Why was this his priority? It sounds like he could be using you to replace her mum so he can carry on being a part time parent.
You need to protect yourself and your children and get to the bottom of the timeline of events and his choices.
I could be completely wrong but something doesn't add up here.
Lunar does raise a point there. Of course it may not have been as simple as she describes, but it is something to consider.
I feel deeply sorry for this wee lassie - I hope things work out. xx
I was about to post exactly the same as Lunar.
How long has she been in care OP?
When you say that he only now has suitable accommodation, is that because he moved in with you and your children?
Something isn't right here. Is dsd on a care order? A judge and ss would try everything to keep a family together if her df was considered suitable to care for her. Your dh would have been given time to find suitable accommodation as care proceedings take over 6 months. Are you sure he's giving you the full story?
I could be totally wrong as I'm no expert but this just doesn't make sense to me. Also, there are lots of foster carers taking on 13 year olds and residential units are only used in extreme circumstances or because of very difficult behaviour. Have you read the court papers? Are you sure you know the full story?
Yes I do know the full story, I do understand all ur points but it wasn't as simple as him getting a flat, he had a 2 bedroom flat but because of the area he was in and the fact it wasn't a house the social worker said it wasn't a good area to bring up such a vunreble child in to ( I have seen the statement from the social worker) he couldn't afford private rent due to deposits being too high in the area They said was suitable and basically made it difficult for him to fight for her, we are still in the area they said wasn't suitable but this is why I was asking for help and support as to where I go next because I want to help him, he has wanted to get her back so much but due to the fact he has only just been able to get a suitable job we couldn't afford to move, I have said if worst comes to worst and we don't find suitable accommodation that's affordable he will at least be able to find a 2 bed house for himself and go down that route, I am only helping him cuz I want to, not because I have to, this is why I asked for help and support.
bike I'm glad you know all the details and aren't going in blind.
If that's what the sw said I think that's wrong of her. I'll bet there are other children being raised by their parents in your area. Unless she's at risk of sexual exploitation or gang related activity? I really think you and your DP need to see a solicitor.
Yh thats what we are doing but like I said I was just asking for advice from other mums that may have been in my position ... well I'm raising 2 children in my area and havnt had a issue but because the area has a history of gang violence and there is bound to be sex offenders around here as its such a big estate I think they took that in to consideration but the sw was a horrible man and he no longer works for social services so fingers crossed this time round we won't have so much of a issue but again still need to move due to it being a small place.
OMGoodness the poor child! Well it sure ain't going to be an easy ride, that girl will need a whole lot of care and looking after!
I also wonder why, if she was removed from a dangerous situation, her DF didn't move heaven on earth to find a way of having her with him and keeping her safe?!
Anyway, if you are to have her live with you, you'll both need to be on the same page, my advice would be to talk, talk and talk some more about every thing that her living with you will mean, the good and the bad, it won't be plain sailing. Also, get as much proffessional help and advice as possibly can. Good luck!
Phone her social worker and ask for a meeting about her permanent plan. I assume you two have contact? Can you describe it?
Is she with a long term foster family?if she's in a stable environment and has been for a long time she might be better off staying there than move in with you all.
How often does he see her now, do they have a good relationship already? Has she said that she wants to live with you?
I'm asking for advice not u all to bombard me with questions, half the questions u are asking me have nothing to do with you, it is a very serious matter so unless u are all serious about giving me advice then I don't need to answer any of ur questions. Thankyou to all those that have actually given advice and not just posted to be nosey.
My questions were relevant and any advice would be dependant on your answers. You haven't described what sort of relationship dp and dd/you and dd have now so how is anyone expected to advise?
I asked if anyone who had been in the same situation had any advice or support on what to do next about getting her with us, I don't see how our relationship with her would have any effect on that kind of advice, clearly we have a good relationship otherwise social services wouldn't be giving us the time of day. Have u been in this situation?
Join the discussion
Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.Register now
Already registered with Mumsnet? Log in to leave your comment or alternatively, sign in with Facebook or Google.
Please login first.