A MOTHER whose twin babies were taken into foster care days after being born is fighting to be reunited with her children.

The woman, who cannot be named, appeared via video link at Reading County Court on Tuesday (November 7) for a case management hearing against West Berkshire Council.

The authority is understood to have removed the two babies after concerns about the mother's mental health, housing situation and being at domestic violence risk, according to the mother.

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Speaking to the Chronicle, the mum said: "I am feeling really victimised. I was discharged from the hospital and instead of going home to my mums, they placed me and my babies in temporary foster care.

“The reasons for them placing us there was because of my mental health and emotional well-being. My mum and my auntie are my support bubble for my mental health.

“I am really furious that I have been victimised and not been allowed to return home with my newborn babies.”

She now only sees them three times a week, although the local authority is trying to increase the visits to five but is struggling due ‘to resources’.

At a hearing on Tuesday, Her Honour Judge Elizabeth Harrison confirmed that the interim custody arrangements for the children will remain in place for the time being.

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The court heard that the mother’s solicitor is awaiting reports from her GP on her mental health diagnosis and medications.

Corrine Carey, for the mother, said: “Everything has happened so quickly for mother. She feels she very much needs the support of her family members and is aware there is no placement available for her and the babies in West Berkshire.”

The Reading Chronicle made a representation to attend to gain a greater understanding into how decisions to remove children are made.

Family courts are private proceedings although journalists have been permitted to attend cases since 2009 due to being able to help the public understand how the court system works and how family cases are decided.

At the hearing, the solicitor instructed by the state to act on behalf of the babies made a representation to have the media excluded to protect the children’s anonymity.

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The judge permitted the Reading Chronicle to remain in the hearing, stating that existing media laws already protect the children’s anonymity.

She further added that the media did not seek to lift the anonymity of the children or the family members involved.