FASD & the Justice System

Re RS, [1999] BCJ No 2957 (PC) (Rae J.)

Application by adoptive mother for access after continuing custody order made – mother with access initially, denied after continuing custody order – child with FAS and severe mental and physical handicaps – mother waged media campaign against Director – child with no memory of mother as significant person in life – access order not in child’s best interests, run risk of having to explain to child why she isn’t going home with mother.