A MUM broke down in tears in front of a Court of Appeal judge, sobbing as she lost a fourth and fifth child to the care system in Kirklees.
The mum, a recovering drug addict, had already lost two children to adoption and had another taken into care when her two youngest were put up for adoption last year.
She was in court in London yesterday with her own mother as they fought a last-ditch battle to prevent the children being taken away from the family permanently.
While the mum sobbed beside her, the grandmother made an emotional plea for one last chance to show that the family can be trusted to look after the two boys.
She told Lady Justice Black that her daughter had put an end to her relationship with the boys’ father, who was the true risk to their wellbeing.
“The children were never in any danger”, she said. “My daughter is no longer with their father. She has no intention of ever getting back with him.
“He was the danger, not my daughter”.
The grandmother insisted that her daughter had been a good mum to the boys and should be given a chance to look after them herself.
Although she had had problems with drugs, crime and her mental health in the past, she had not strayed for seven years and was now recovered, she said.
“I think there’s no reason, if the children can’t go to my daughter, why they could not come to live with me”, added the gran, who, like the mum, cannot be identified for legal reasons.
But Lady Justice Black said both mum and grandmother faced the problem that “adverse findings” had been made by Mr Recorder Bond at the lower court about the mother’s ability to care for the boys.
The mother did not recognise the extent of her mental health problems, which, a doctor had concluded, went beyond her drug use, the appeal judge said.
“She lacks insight and finds it difficult to accept professional opinions, which renders the children more vulnerable in her care”, she said.
The recorder had also found it would not be suitable for the children to be sent to live with their maternal grandmother, the appeal judge said.
The gran was so loyal to her daughter that she was unable to prioritise the welfare of the grandchildren, the recorder found, and could not accept that there was anything wrong with their care.
She had even claimed in front of Mr Recorder Bond that Kirklees Social Services were putting the children up for adoption to “boost government targets”, the judge said.
“In my view, there are no arguable grounds for an appeal against the order,” she concluded. “I, therefore, refuse permission to appeal.”