Peter F
Our two great granddaughters were subject of a Care and Adoption Order taken out in November 2018 but time limited for twelve months. At the end of that time the adoption order would cease and the girls would just be in care, which we understood would give our granddaughter rights for contact again and involvement in looked-after-children reviews etc.

Last week, the girls' social worker phoned my granddaughter to say that after two weeks the adoption placement broke down and the girls (aged 3 and 5) had returned into long term foster care. Obviously this took my granddaughter by surprise and in any case the social worker seemed uncertain as to what happened next. 

I would have thought it extremely unlikely that Children's Services will risk another adoption placement with just two months left of the order. However, perhaps predictably given their performance so far, all our efforts to contact them have met with no success. So we don't know where to go next..

Can anyone help? Neither we nor our granddaughter can afford to get legal help.
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familylives
Hi, I understand that this is a difficult and troubling situation. It's important that you stay in contact with Social Services as often as possible to keep updated on what's going on with your granddaughter's case. If you're having issues with Social Services you can contact Family Rights Group, you can call them on their freephone helpline on 0808 801 0366. If you're looking for legal advice you may find it helpful to go to Child Law Advice, their website has an extensive archive of information on the law surrounding children. You can also call them, but you will have to book a call and will be charged for that call, on 0300 330 5480. You may find it helpful to read our articles on Social Services. If you feel you need further support please e-mail us at askus@familylives.org.uk or call our freephone helpline on 0808 800 2222. 
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Peter F
Many thanks for your response, helpful and encouraging!
Peter
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