General Article Gay adoption in the UK

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However, Barnardo’s strongly feels that there is no room for discrimination when it comes to potential adopters and foster carers.

Can gay people adopt?

Barnardo’s wants to hear from anybody who wants to find out more about fostering or adoption. We do not exclude anyone from consideration on the grounds of sexual orientation, race, marital status, gender, disability or employment status.

Our views on gay adoption

Barnardo’s chief executive Anne Marie Carrie says:

‘The poll not only highlights a disturbing and prevalent belief system, but also a deepening concern that children in the care system are continuing to lose out on potential parents.

‘Society’s attitude plays a pivotal role in discouraging people from considering adoption. The idea that gay parents are second best must be challenged. To suggest that a same-sex couple is not as able to raise a child as a heterosexual couple is at once absurd and unsubstantiated. To continue to discourage potential adopters simply beca...

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