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Thursday, April 12, 2012

BBC News reported yesterday that the annual number of applications made by local councils in England to take children into care has exceeded ten thousand for the first time. Apparently 886 were made in March alone.

Well, if my own experience is anything to go by, the figure for April could be even higher. I walked into the grading room at work yesterday to find this:

Care Application
That particular care application was attached to a two-foot-tall Dora the Explorer, who was taken away from the children of one of my colleagues after they became unable to care for her. Due to being too old for such things. Apparently they couldn't care less.

So I picked up Amelie from nursery yesterday afternoon and took her into our office, where she considered the application carefully for about half a second, before deciding to take over custody of Dora on a permanent basis.

As it happens, it's not the first time they've met. I photographed them together last September, when Lisa was doing some stirling work as a veteran Dora impersonator. I'm convinced they use the same hairdresser. If she could just learn to keep her eyes open in a photo, Lisa could have a whole new career ahead of her.

But a lot's changed in seven months, and interestingly it's now my daughter with the lucrative lookalike potential...

Amelie's the one on the left. And she holds a cat in much the same way.


Phil's Mum said...

Cats and kids and giant dolls - WHEN is it you're moving into a bigger flat?!

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