A woman who placed her son in adoption has been granted permission to seek contact with him.

She had been going through s difficult time in her life when she had to give up her son. When her circumstances improved she had another son who was allowed to stay with her.

There was only two years between the ages of the two boys.

The woman sought permission to seek a contact order but the judge refused her application.

That decision has now been overturned by the Court of Appeal.

It noted that the local authority accepted that the mother’s application was not without merit, although care workers felt it would be better dealt with within the post-adoption services rather than through a contact order.

The Appeal Court said she could seek a contact order but warned her that it was only the first step. A thorough investigation would have to place before she was granted one.