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Campaign to keep autistic girl at her family home gains backing of hundreds – Wales Online

Hundreds of people have signed an online petition to stop a young autistic girl being taken away from her family home in Merthyr Tydfil.

The Lili’s Rights campaign has been set up by family friend Hayley Blanche after a four year battle with Merthyr council to try and secure the funding needed to keep 12 year old Lili Thomas at home with her family.

There was a chance that Lili could have been taken into residential care this week but her mother Kerry Gibbs says she has been told that the proposed placement has been withdrawn but that there is still a chance Lili could be placed in a home.

Ms Gibbs has been invited to a meeting about her daughter’s care plan.

Lili has severe autism is severely learning disabled suffering frm ADHD, PICA, Precocious Puberty and Dyspraxia.

Concerns were raised after the council decided to place her in a residential care home which Ms Blanche claims could cost the council around £200,000 a year.

Lili’s mother Kerry Gibbs has Complex Regional Pain Syndrome which Ms Blanche said is considered “the most painful condition known to man”

It damages nerves and tissue, wastes muscle, thins and deforms bones and can spread from limb to organ.

But Ms Gibbs said the council is considering a child protection order to move Lili into residental care accommodation because, she claims, they have failed to deliver their own home care plan for her.

“Their own policy has failed.

“She has never had the support that she needs from the council.

“She’d be devastated if she had to leave.”

Ms Blanche, a family friend who is leading the campaign, said Merthyr Tydfil council refuse to spend the additional money on specialist carers for Lili to remain at her home.

“They would rather waste public money to the tune of over £200,000 a year on placing her into residential care home.”

“They are unable to fulfil the care and support plan they produced last April and are in the process of taking her away from her loving family and placing her into a residential care home in order to fulfil what should be provided at home to dig themselves out of a hole.”

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