Originally Social Services wanted a Residence Order because the children were determined to be under child protection because of the circumstances. They reduced the protection to "Child in Need" so no Residence Order was taken out
My wife and I have effectively been Kinship Fosterers since July 2013 with no financial assistance from SC. I think I have had my question answered already since the children saw their Father in prison on Sunday and tell me that he can sign the passport forms himself in prison.
He is on the birth certificate but did not marry my daughter as he was already married when Cameron was born. He has provided a home for the children and lived with them for most of their lives and always supported them. My daughter moved out and lived in a flat on benefits with the children a few years ago before she became totally reliable on alcohol, but they have cohabited until July last year when she went into rehab for the second time. I can only assume that my daughter has signed the necessary documents before, when she has been coherent. Bob
I have just learned from Cameron that my daughter was persuaded by Social Services in 2013 to sign a document handing over parental responsibility to the father Garry. Bob
Thanks for your help. I have asked our new social worker at Brighton & Hove Social Services to look into Kinship Carers Allowance as I know that the law changed in July 2013. I have asked for any funding to be backdated to July 2013 which is when the children came to live with us. I am a very responsible carer and apart from the problems with the Passports my responsibilities have not been compromised in any way by not having the rather restrictive and binding Residence Order in place.
Best regards Bob
Thank you for your help Clare. I don't need any help now but I thought I would update you on my situation. My Grandson has had his holiday in Florida and he and his sister look forward to their holiday in Greece in September. Social Services kept on insisting that the children were under section 17 of the children's act and not financially supported by SS, whereas the children were effectively homeless when they came to us and had nobody with parental responsibility for them which should have initiated a section 20 and made us Kinship Carers. SS made so many documented blunders, even supplying a permission letter signed by their father with no parental responsibility stating section 20. I add a bit of gentle persuasion by mentioning the Care Quality Commission and Ofsted. They finally gave in 2 months ago and I received full backdated Foster Carers allowance from them and they are paying for the children until they go to live with their Dad in 3 month's time. Success but it was hard work. I am paying for all their holidays.