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Hi, thank you for your question. Firstly you need to see whether the mother will agree to a continued placement with you and if she does not I would suggest that you make an urgent application to court under Form C100 together with a £215 court fee to your local family court for leave to apply (as you do not have parental responsibility) and simultaneously for a child arrangement order for residence and the court can make a decision regarding the matter. Given the risk of absconding you can attend court in person and ask for an urgent without notice hearing and go before a judge the same day. vFor your information the Court will take into consideration the following when making a decision regarding the application:
1.The wishes and feelings of the child concerned2. The child’s physical, emotional and educational needs3. The likely effect on the child if circumstances changed as a result of the courts decision4. The child’s age, sex, backgrounds and any other characteristics which will be relevant to the court’s decision5. Any harm the child has suffered or may be at risk of suffering6. Capability of the child’s parents (or any other person the courts find relevant) at meeting the child’s needs7. The powers available to the court in the given proceedings
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