Last month, you may recall from my ranty blog & tweets, one of our girls’ sisters returned to foster care. The social work team ignored our offer to support her here until a long term appropriate placement could be found.
We had to battle so that our daughters could talk to and see their sister. I’m glad to say we managed a meet up just before Christmas.
The SW team then decided there would be a weekly phone call between sisters at a particular time on a certain day. They hadn’t bothered to ask us if it was convenient. As Squeak is busy imitating Olga Korbut – or perhaps that’s Ronnie Corbett in a leotard full of hormones – at that point in the week it certainly wasn’t going to be happening then.
Surely the catalogue of incompetencies was complete at that point?
Today we discovered The Most Astounding Social Work Decision Made Without Any Consultation With Us. Here it is (brace yourself!): at a LAC review last week they decided we will be giving our girls’ sister’s foster carer overnight respite each and every month!
Yep! You read that right! It was the first we’d heard of it. We were not at the meeting. We had not been asked if we would like an arrangement like this. And, if we hadn’t been the lovely people we are, it could have caused serious fallout with our daughters’ sisters’ mother, who was at the meeting & was astounded to hear the decision.
So, just to be clear, we’re not playing ball anymore. Our girls will be seeing their sisters regularly – as they have always done. Their sisters will be coming on sleepovers. We will do everything we can to ensure their relationships are nurtured. But it is not ‘contact’. And we will not be dictated to.
No More Mrs Nice Adopters.