The older two children, Sarah aged 13 years and Michael aged ten years, are currently under the Guardianship of the Chief Executive. The two children were placed under this care back in 2010. The younger twin children were born after the re-unification o the parents after a long stint during the father’s incarceration. The two children were born while their older siblings were still under the custody of the Chief Executive. The twins are currently under the custody of the Department under which they were placed at the beginning of this year. Due to the father’s long absence and the past errant behavior on the mother’s part, Sarah, the oldest child has developed a very close relationship with their maternal Aunt, named Tanya Smith. Sarah considers her aunt and her grandmother, Jane, as her primary family and she do not want any relationship with her maternal parents. The second oldest child, Michael, does not recall much about his father since he left while he was still too young. However, he has a deep interest to re-unite with their mother. The grandmother, Jane, has not contacted her daughter (the children’s mother) for a long time. She confesses that her daughter, Fiona, was sexually abused by her father (the children’s grandfather) when she was young, and this explains why she blames herself for her daughter’s long history of a turbulent and unstable life.
The couple has informed that they had been hosted by their friends until about a week prior to the police finding them in their car. The parents indicated that they had sought assistance from the relevant authorities, including the Housing Department and the local community center, and it is only a matter of time before they could get a temporary relief from their housing and financial crisis. The parents have indicated that they have reformed from their past behavior, and they are willing to resume living normal lives together with their four children. The