SECRET PAST OF RUNAWAY FOSTER DAD; Search Goes on for Couple and Children

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SECRET PAST OF RUNAWAY FOSTER DAD; Search Goes on for Couple and Children


McLAUGHLIN, Allison, Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)


Missing foster dad Jeffrey Bramley lied about his past when he offered to adopt youngsters, it was revealed yesterday.

He failed to tell social workers he had been in care as a child and withheld other information.

But social services have discovered he stayed in one of the department's own children's homes because he was a persistent truant.

Bramley, 34, and 35-year-old wife Jenny disappeared with foster daughters Jade and Hannah in September after being told they were not allowed to adopt them and had to hand them back.

They have written to newspapers and a TV station begging to keep the girls and to be "legally their mummy and daddy forever".

Ports and airports were last night on alert as it was feared they'd flee the country.

In a new twist, the girls' natural mother revealed she will help the Bramleys keep the sisters.

Cambridgeshire social services admitted they recently discovered Bramley spent periods at Midfield care home when he was 15.

A spokesman for social services said when officials asked Bramley, of Ramsey, at an interview whether he had any form of contact with the social services he gave "an emphatic no".

The spokesman said he also lied about "other aspects of his past" but refused to elaborate.

Being in care as a youngster would not have disqualified Bramley from fostering but would have prompted further investigation. …

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