No care proceedings. In July 2010 their parents were found unconscious due to drugs and the police and ambulance were called, the next door neighbours brought the boys to us or the police would have taken them to social services. The parents were given 1 year to clean up their act and they were both charged and convicted of 4 counts of neglect. In the meantime we were told we had to go through the foster care process, which we did (and passed). We were being paid £100 per week per child, but when we faced the Foster Panel and they enhanced the payment by 150% , we did not ask for this, we were told due to what we were taking on, this would be the payment. The Parents did not improve so 8/8/11 we got the SGO.
We do not in any way expect the same amount of money, but we feel that we should not have to bear all the costs ourselves.
They told us we would be in a much better position, have parental reasonability, emotional support (from SGO social worker) and financial assistance.
We should be enjoying life now, I gave up a very good job to do the best for the boys and I am just dumbfounded that they say we are only entitled to £2.
Can they really do this??
Not sure what a LA is and nothing was mentioned during the hearing regarding our financial position.
How would we know what was in the report provided by social services. We were never given copies of any reports. We just received the SGO a few days later in the post.
We had 3 grandsons at that time and the youngest now aged 3 and he went to his aunt on the same date (in the same hearing ) also with a SGO. She is in the exact same position as we are.
No we were never shown any reports.
Yes we were in court apart from solicitors, social services, there was, myself, my husband, the aunt that took the 3rd grandson and the parents.
I did try to amend one my last comments. WE never actually decided to apply for a SGO. We were told this was the next step to put us in a better position i.e. parental responsibility, emotional support and financial assistance.
Sorry Claire, I have just pulled out my copy of the SGO and I have a report headed Fact and Reason. It does state in there that the boys were subject of interim care order. It then goes on to states what happened and that the boys had suffered and were likely to suffer significant harm if the orders were not made. Nothing in there relates to anything financial. Was that what you were referring to