A 17-year-old girl has been denied the opportunity to care for her two younger sisters after a judge ruled that the teenager could not meet their “emotional needs”.
Presiding over the family court case in Bournemouth, Judge Martin Dancy said the teenager could provide “lots of love and affection” for her sisters, aged four and two, but that was “not all it takes”.
The 17-year-old, whose name has not been disclosed, was supported by relatives in her bid to gain a care order over her two younger sisters.
According to the court documents, the sisters had been taken from their home and placed with foster parents on an interim basis. However, after a careful psychological report, social workers concluded that the teenager was not properly equipped to look after the young girls on her own.
The court heard how all three girls were neglected by their mother and have been affected by the care they had received at home.
Commenting on the case, Judge Dancy said: “The consequences for the girls, if things do go wrong, would be really serious. Their emotional needs would not be met and their emotional and psychological development would be affected.
“I have decided that it is in the girls’ best interests, lifelong, to have the potential for the commitment, security and permanence and attuned parenting that adoption could provide for them.”
He added that social workers would try to place the young girls with an appropriate family who would allow the family to stay in touch.