The assessing Social Worker says in her report that because I have a decorated room that was originally going to be for Emma (mum) and Faith that I am in denial as to what the long term affects would be. Emma was still being assessed by the local mother and baby unit at the time and I was originally asked if I would be willing to take them both.
The assessing social worker kept saying 'if' it was long term and 'if' Faith came to you, so I assumed that it would be a short term arrangement. When it was made clear to me that this was not the case I told the SW that I would put my plans to go to University on the back burner, study part time with the Open University and be a full time carer for Faith. I fully accepted that it is a long term placement until adulthood.
Their other objection is that I refused to let them have a free rein in my medical records, going back to birth. I told them to mind their own business and my GP wrote to them saying that I was healthy and that she could see no reason why I should not care for my granddaughter (she knows she is a baby). The SW wanted a full report on my mental health because when she spoke to my ex- husband he said that I am depressed (he has a diploma in amenity horticulture which makes him a reliable referee). The SW says in the report that the divorce, 3 years ago was acrimonious and she has chosen to believe him over my Doctor!
I don't smoke, or drink and I live alone in a 3 bedroom house with my 15 year old LabradorXbeagle.
The Guardian has said that he will push for me to have a full medical, including Haemaglobins (bloods) to prove my health is good.
Both parents have been supportive of my application for their daughter and understand that I will abide by the courts decision over access even if they don't like it. They understand that my priority would be Faith and her safety and well-being.
No one has mentioned that we can get an independent assessment done. How would we do this?
There is a court hearing on march 12th.