Our expert says:
What a sad tale ! It is inconceivable, or should be, that Child Welfare / the welfare authorities would even hesitate to place this sad little boy with you - what an ideal solution all round.
And you raise an extremely important point - people prefer to ignore the fact that children can indeed become severely depressed and suicidal, and that such comments MUST be taken seriously.
As Maria says, I am sure that any lawyer concerned with child welfare matters would be able to interveme helpfully here.
And meanwhile, is there some way to arrange for the boy to see a child psychiatrist for assessment and potential treatment ?
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