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Matthew's story


Matthew's story

Matthew was born just after Court proceedings concluded in relation to his older brother. He was the 3rd child to be born in his family and none of them lived with their parents due to concerns about their inability to meet their basic care needs due to their drug and alcohol misuse.

Due to him being exposed to substances in the womb he had to stay in hospital following his birth so that he could be observed during the period of withdrawal as babies can become very distressed. This also meant that the social workers could go to court as birth parents would not agree to him being placed in foster care. The Judge agreed with the social workers and said that Matthew should live with foster carers whilst final decisions were made.

When Matthew was born it was evident that he had the facial features of a child with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and as he grew he wasn’t meeting his developmental miles. He was referred for further investigations and was diagnosed with FAS.

This diagnosis impacted on the family finding process for him however when he was 3 years old a family was found for him – a couple had already adopted one child with FAS and therefore knew about the impact on him but also the joy that he would bring to their lives.


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