London borough reconsiders future of disabled girl in foster care

The London Borough of Hillingdon is reconsider its plans for the future of a disabled girl in foster care, following a ruling by the Local Government Ombudsman.

The girl, now aged seven, suffers from autism and other learning difficulties. She was removed from her parents five years ago after they were found to have chronically neglected her. Abuse was also suspected. In May 2011, she was settled with a foster family as a formally recognised ‘looked after’ child and she has stayed with them ever since.

The Borough maintained an active search for alternative carers for two years, Family Law Week reports, in spite of the fact that their own advisors recommended that the girl stay with the foster family.

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