RO v A Local Authority and others

Adoption – Consent. The Family Division dismissed the applicant father's application for a residence order in respect of the fourth respondent child, F. It granted a placement order in favour of the first respondent local authority and, dispensing with the father's consent, an order pursuant to s 28 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 authorising the authority to place F out of the jurisdiction with the maternal aunt and uncle, TM and KM. In the instant case, those orders had been in F's best interests. F's primary need had been for a carer or carers who were able to meet her emotional needs and were able to afford her stable and consistent care throughout her minority. TM and KM could, but the father could not, meet that primary need. Only a placement for adoption with TM and KM would meet F's welfare needs and nothing else would do.

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