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Mother who relapsed and went on 'cocaine session' wants children back

The children’s social worker said there is a plan in place to return the children to the mother’s care if she engages with drug user services.
Dec 29th 2015, 10:00 PM 27,724 55

A COURT WAS told that a mother whose children are in State care relapsed after going out on a “session”.

A social worker for the young children said the mother, who has drug issues, relapsed and her urine tested positive for cocaine.

The mother indicated to the social worker that she had gone on a “session” but said she was back attending her therapies.

Tested positive for drugs 

The court was told that the mother had never missed a visitation with her children except for the incident where she tested positive for drugs.

The children’s social worker said the mother was correct to not present for the access visit on the day she was under the influence of drugs.

Their social worker said the young children had settled in well at their new homes and got on very well with the children of their foster parents.

The children were told the reason their mother missed the visit was because she was unwell. The social worker said the children did not like being asked questions about their mother.

The mother consented for the care order of her two children to be extended.

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Attending rehab 

The court was told that there was a clear reunification plan in place and that steps were being made for further engagement with rehabilitation and mental health services for the mother.

The court was told the father had not been present for some time and his address is unknown. The judge said that he was satisfied based on the evidence that the interim care order be extended.

“Hopefully, mother can continue with the services being provided,” said the judge.

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