A couple who claim they were not told the child they adopted had been the victim of serious abuse are suing Solihul...
A couple who claim they were not told the child they adopted had been the victim of serious abuse are suing Solihull MBC and the Barnado's charity for the emotional suffering they have endured, the Birmingham Post reports (p3).
The couple claim details of the boy's past including alleged sexual abuse by his natural father were hidden from them.
They say the boy's violent and antisocial behaviour wrecked their lives.
They adopted the boy at the age of six in 1986, after agreeing to take a child with special needs, but last year they gave up and returned him to the social services department of another Midland authority.
The couple say if they had been fully informed they would not have adopted the child and, in the first case of its kind, are claiming for the financial and emotional cost of caring for the boy for five years. They could stand to gain more than £150,000, with the cost of keeping a child in care at around £30,000 a year.
Solihull and Barnado's deny information was withheld from the couple.