A woman with mental health difficulties has been praised by a family court judge after deciding to let her toddler daughter be adopted.
Judge Sarah Lynch said the woman had written an “incredibly moving” statement, and said she hoped one day the girl would be able to read her mother’s words.
Detail of the case has emerged in a ruling published by Judge Lynch following a private family court hearing in Leeds.
She said the child could not be identified in media reports of the case.
The woman’s statement in full:
“At the current time one minute I am poorly and the next I am not.
“One minute I could care for her and then the next minute I would not be able to.
“I do not feel that this would be good for (her).
“I feel incredibly sad about the situation but I know (she) is going to go to a family who will love her and give her what I cannot give her at the moment.
“She will have stability in her life and will not be one minute with me and then with somebody else.
“She will grow up being happy and cared for for the rest of her life.
“(She) needs to be in a home where she can stay and not be moving around all the time.
“I have not had contact for some time now, not because I do not love (her), but because it is simply too hard for me to go and leave her again.
“I am sad that this situation is happening and it really hurts me but I am doing what is right for her.
“I will always love her, she is my daughter but I am doing this for her.
“I hope she gets placed with a really good family who will love her how I love her and will bring her up right and protect her.
“I hope she gets all the attention in the world from her new family.
“When she is matched with a prospective adoptive family I would like the opportunity to meet them if possible so that they know that (she) is loved by me and can tell her this.
“I am really sorry that it has come to this position but I know I am doing the right thing and I just want her to know that I love her and always will.”