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Digital copy of Social Background of Witness 74 by Child Care Officer Mary Frances Smart. Taken from the Children's Services client file of Witness 74. [Some details redacted]. Used as evidence in relation to Witness 74's witness statement to the Inquiry dated 5 August 2014 [C/D/AW1/B3/13/WS000013].
April 1st 1971 - April 1st 1971
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Gives details about Witness 74's: Natural [biological] parents and background. Refers to mother's upbringing and time in care at the [Jersey] Home for Girls. Social History. Mentions placement for adoption, departure of biological mother and placement into foster care, admission to Westaway Crèche and second foster placement, return of biological mother and brief placement under her care, and return to former foster parents and subsequent adoption. Refers to behavioural problems of Witness 74 culminating in his admission to Haut de la Garenne on 9 March 1971. History of Disorder. Gives details of Witness 74's behavioural problems and difficulties noted during foster placement, citing impact of birth of adoptive parents' biological child shortly after his adoption. Discusses referral to Dr Fogarty and brief placement at Westaway Crèche in 1965. Gives dertails about further misbehaviour including theft, shoplifting, truancy and absence from home since the Adoption Order was granted in May 1966. Includes observations about Witness 74's social development. Description of Adoptive Family. Gives details about the relationship between the Children's Department and Witness 74's adoptive parents, referring to tensions and hostility on occasion whereby Witness 74 was removed from their care. Describes ill opinion of adoptive mother with respect to Witness 74's biological mother. Refers to possible physical abuse by adoptive father towards adoptive mother. Description of favouritism shown by adoptive parents towards their biological child as opposed to Witness 74. Assessment. Provides assessment of Witness 74's care situation, citing upheaval involved in return to biological mother and decline in affection shown by adoptive parents towards Witness 74 upon birth of their biological child.
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