(Family Division, Mostyn J, 30 August 2012)
The child, now 6 years old, had been removed from her mother's care by social services in Scotland when she was 4 months old and was eventually placed with potential adopters in England. The mother opposed the adoption order on the grounds that her rights under Arts 6 and 8 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms 1950 had been breached. The mother and child had no contact since removal, the mother did not seek to have contact, and her involvement in the legal process was minimal. The guardian strongly supported an adoption order.
In effect the parents were strangers to the child. She now needed permanence and normality which could only be achieved by an adoption order. The mother's assault on the Scottish legal processes was completely misguided.