After getting some help from an organisation of McKenzie Friends, Mina is now represented by a firm of solicitors. She promptly tells the Local Authority the name of her lawyer and the firm they work for.
Her solicitor has been trying all day to get hold of the files from the Local Authority. Mina suspects that there is a hearing in court in the next 24 hours but the Local Authority have yet to officially notify her or her solicitor.
Some of the files have now arrived – the first batch of three. The rest have not yet been sent to her solicitor and the Local Authority are saying it is impossible to reproduce the files fast enough for the lawyers to have them in the next few hours. No one has given any indication of when the files will be sent over. Mina wonders why the Local Authority has taken so long to produce another bundle and whether her lawyer will receive them in time for the hearing which has been confirmed to take place in the next 24 hours. Mina is worried about whether or not she will get a fair trial.
Mina is becoming very anxious. She really needs someone to explain what’s going to happen, more than once, as her anxiety is making it hard for her to understand how the process works. The documents from the Local Authority that she has been given confirm the worst: the Local Authority wish to apply for an interim care order with a view to placing the children in foster care.
The evidence to bolster this request has not yet come through from the Local Authority. Mina will have to wait until tomorrow, when she gets to court. For now, she is terrified to leave her children at home during the hearing, just in case someone comes to take them away before she can say goodbye.