Pego family fight losing niece and nephew to Social Services

A PEGO couple are battling to prevent Social Services from snatching away their niece and nephew.
Pepe and Carmen have looked after the children, now aged two and five, since October 2013. The children are doing well in their care – so well, in fact, that they asked Social Services to reduce the number of their visits which have been averaging three a week.
“Yes, we did complain,” Pepe told the local Spanish media. “It’s not that we didn’t want to stick to the rules, but we did want them to leave us with a little more freedom.”
Social Services response was to reject the request which they interpreted as refusal to comply with the children’s care programme. They also informed Pepe and Carmen that their custody status would be reviewed.
Pepe is now collecting documents and references to demonstrate that the children are integrated and now have a family.
Pego mayor Enrique Moll announced on his Facebook page that petition sheets are now available at the town hall, calling for the children to remain with their relatives. More than 7,000 of the total Pego population of 10,144 have now signed.

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