Cody is 5 , Imogen is 3 and Ralphie-Lee is 10 weeks old, they are with social services now, the Social worker now won't talk to me, but told me yesterday that I had to apply for custody when it goes to court on Monday. We don't know where this will be as the children were in Peterborough when the police came to take them but they are under Bedford Social Services. that all the information she gave me before hanging up.
I live 15 miles away and they were taken because she couldn't keep her house tidy to Social services spec's ie show home, as well as struggling to get back into a routine after the baby was born and was suffering from post-natal depression she asked for help as she had suffered from this before they stet up targets which she tried to meet but each time we had a review meeting they added more things and were not telling us everything so she became more depressed and despite my trying to keep her going and helping were I could thing were not moving at the speed they wanted them too. On Wednesday the two older children were unwell when I called her in the morning to get up and take them to School and play group at 7.30 I told her to call the school and let them know she said she would. I currently work from 6am to 2pm I called her again at nine to ask if she'd called the school she told me she had left a message. I spoke to her again that night to see how the children were she said they were still not feeling well and would keep them off school thursday too.
I spoke to her Thursday as I would usually go and pick Cody up from school and go round to check on her and the house but I was not feeling well and did not want give my cold bug to them she seemed fine and mentioned going to her partners mum with the kids and could she come to me on Friday after I finished work I said yes if I was feeling better. I got a call from my partner an 9.30am on friday to say that social services and the police were at Stephanie's and needed to get in as the school had called to say they had not heard from her or seen the children since Tuesday, i had to leave work to go and let them in I could not get any answer from her phone and keep trying until I got through at 1pm. when I let the police and Social Services in the house was not tidy and there was a lot of empty baby ready milk formula bottle left all over her bedroom floor as well as empty plates and a moldy bowl I was shocked as when I had visited on the Monday it had been tidy and clean.
When I got hold of her she had gone to Peterborough with the kids I asked Social Services if I could go and get them and was told no that they would take them and that I would have to ask for custody when it went to court on Monday
I can take them but would have to give up my job, at the end of the day they are my family and come first
Yes we have already discussed this with my daughter and she has agreed to this
I have to give work a months notice I think, I will have to check, also need to find a school and play group for Cody and Imogen
I would have to take time off unpaid and get everything sorted by the end of the week and Hope as I am paid weekly that I will only have to give a weeks notice, I could find a child minder for the baby while I work my notice. we already have beds for the children for when they come to stay with us already, so it would just be re-arranging how we pay our bills.