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THE RESPONDENT appeared in Person.
MS D. GARTLAND appeared on behalf of London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
MS M. CAREW appeared on behalf of the Children's Guardian.
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MRS JUSTICE THEIS:
"Home Office Computer records show that on 4 February 2018, CD was issued with entry clearance to the United Kingdom valid until 4 November 2020 on condition that recourse to public funds was prohibited, endorsed with a leave to enter outside of the rules as the dependent of a person in Her Majesty's Forces, PG."
"On 4 February, C was issued with entry clearance to the United Kingdom, valid until 4 November 2020, on condition that recourse to public funds was prohibited to her mother, CD and her sponsor was named as PG."
Attached to the letter the SSHD provides the relevant information in relation to the immigration applications; nothing turns on them in this case. All parties before me agree an adoption order should be made in favour of PG in relation to C.
Status of birth father
Status of applicant's former wife (who had adopted the child in another jurisdiction)
Discussion and Decision
"During visits, I observed the interactions between PG and CD and they appear to have a loving and mutually supportive relationship. They spoke highly of each other and there appears to be a mutual respect and admiration for each other. They both spoke openly about the relationship and demonstrated that they can and have worked together to parent C which they are doing at present. They are very capable of caring for C on a long-term basis."
"During my interaction with C, she understands her father PG's concerns and is happy to oblige. She is very happy to be in London and enjoys being with her church youth group wherein they have various activities. She also mentioned that her father has registered them in the local library and C has spoken to me warmly about PG as her father. She has an understanding of adoption and that it would make PG her legal father."
Later at E34 she says as follows:
"C is well integrated in the family and is experiencing, the security, consistency and love."
She then makes her recommendation that the adoption order should be granted.
"C is aware that she was adopted as a child by PG in Sierra Leone. For C, PG has always been her father and she has an attachment with him. She has a good relationship with her stepsisters and her stepbrother. C's wish is for the stepparent adoption process to go ahead. As for her, PG is her father and has always been there for her providing her with love, guidance, and support."
"C wants to remain with her mother, and sister, and PG, the only father figure in her life, and for his adoption of her to be made legal in the UK, 'So we can stay together as always'."
"C views PG as a constant, supportive, and reassuring presence in her case, 'a very good dad'. C fully considers him her father although she is of the age and understanding to recognise he does not have such legal status in the UK. As PG already fulfils the parental role in C's life, the granting of the stepparent adoption will have little or no impact on C's day to day life. I take the view that the significance of this order is more related to the fact that PG has applied for it and it offers a further demonstration to C of his commitment to her."