My husband and I were contacted by the family finder of a toddler in summer and after a very slow process, they visited us in November. On the day of the visit, they mentioned that the child's foster career has been very keen on adopting the little toddler who had been with them since birth but the local authority rejected their application ( the reasons were confidential) and they said that there is a highly unlikely that the foster carer take this to the court. After the visit, they contacted our social worker, saying that they have chosen us. Since then, there were nearly no communication/updates from them, while we kept contacting our social worker and asking for any news. Finally, our social worker contacted us, a couple of days ago, and mentioned that they are still discussing this with the child's foster carer and the foster carer is seeking a way to change this decision and they plan to take this to the court. As you can imagine, my husband and I are absolutely disappointed and distressed. We built so much hope and love in the little toddler and feel that we deserved better communication and more explanation. I have a couple of questions:
2- How likely it is that the court can change this decision, considering that the local authority was against that?
3- Does the child's social worker need to define a timeline for the foster carer to make their mind? They have been told about the plan since summer. Thank you.