Adoption order and an incompetent social worker

For a while now, we have talked about applying for the adoption order. We have been in a position to apply for the adoption order from 10 weeks after the placement. LO has been with us for much longer than that and we want to make her a permanent member of the family so we asked Richard and John how to go about doing this. We didn’t get any information from John but we did from Richard. It came to a head when John visited at the same time as Richard. John said all-knowingly, that we will be able to apply for the adoption order when we have had LO for 10 weeks. We stared at him in disbelief as LO has been with us for much longer than that and we have discussed this previously. Not to mention the fact that we’ve sent him emails about our court application. We tried to patiently tell him the situation again. The conversation moved on and John asked for LO’s medical reports. We told him he should have it on file as Denise would have received it months before, but we offered to send it to him again. This was after John got the Prospective Adopters Report confused with the Child Permanence Report and asked for both reports in the end. We reminded him that he should have all of this on file already but he said he couldn’t find them electronically. We said he must have had hard copies of all the reports on file but he looked at us blankly as if we were speaking a different language.  After us trying to clarify what was very clear already (and us losing our patience with his stupidity), he finally said that they didn’t have any hard copies or any electronic copies of anything of our case! We were exasperated by this point and I really wanted to strangle him. Richard had to intervene and diplomatically say he would send them all again. We wrapped up our meeting with John agreeing to complete his section of the Annex A of the Adoption order application (the bit that the social workers have to complete) and to complete the references for us. I’m a bit worried that he will be writing a court report on us when he hardly knows us. I just hope he manages to complete his bit because from what I’ve seen so far, I have hardly any faith in him.

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