Family Court Judge Stephen Wildblood said that a woman in her late 20s who has had seven children taken away from her by social services is pregnant again.
The woman is due to give birth to her eighth child later this year.
The judge said that her parenting ability has been assessed many times, and it was found that she can’t parent a child ‘safely or adequately’.
He also praised the “enormous efforts” made by the social workers who tried to see if she could care for a child with professional support.
However, the judge said that the woman has “learning limitations” and has had a “very unsettled life” and experienced a lot of hardship and distress.
She is unable to focus on the needs of her children or to take charge.
The woman, that cannot be identified, has had the first 7 children taken from her and placed for adoption.
The judge also concluded that her current partner, the father of the seventh child, could also not take care of a child, because he has a number of health problems.
He noted that there have been many assessments over the years of the woman’s ability to parent, and each assessment has concluded that she does not have the ability to parent a child safely or adequately.
However, despite the many difficulties she, her partners, and her children face, she keeps getting pregnant – noted the judge.