Christian couple blocked from adopting because of their belief that children need mum and dad

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Social services tell couple that beliefs about same-sex parenting are “concerning”
Social services have rejected a Christian couple’s offer to adopt, after the couple expressed concern about same-sex parenting.
The couple are currently fostering two young children and repeated an offer to adopt them, after they were told that the children could be adopted by a same-sex couple.
Despite very positive reports about the couple’s fostering, social services rejected the offer, saying that the views they expressed were “concerning”, and prevented them from being assessed as prospective adopters because they “could be detrimental to the long term needs of the children.”
Please pray for the couple and the Christian Legal Centre as we work with the local council to try to resolve the situation. 
 

The case featured on the front page of The Sunday Times
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‘Lovely care’

The couple, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been providing foster care for the two young children since early this year.
Reports from social services praised them for their “lovely care”, and stated that they “worked well with all professionals”.
The couple already have two adopted children and had expressed interest in adopting the foster children on a number of occasions.
As Christians, the couple believe that placing a child with a mother and a father, whenever possible, is in the child’s best interests.
Last month, the foster parents expressed concern when a social worker told them that a same-sex couple had been approved to adopt the children.
The husband explains: “We did express a degree of shock and asked if this was a ‘joke’. The social worker then became upset that we did not endorse views that went against our conscience, and they became concerned about our motives.”
The parents told the council that it would be difficult to explain the proposed plans to one of the foster children, as the child is waiting for a new “mummy”.

‘Harmful and destructive’

The couple then offered to become the children’s adoptive parents, arguing that this would be the “best option for them and their emotional well-being”.
They said that they were both “highly educated people”, with a “very mature and stable relationship with each other, and a great parental relationship” with their other children.
They also argued that a move to a new family would put the two children under “emotional stress”, and separation from the foster parents would be “very harmful and destructive to them”.
But the council rejected their offer, claiming that their views could be “detrimental to the long-term needs of the children.”

‘We love everyone’

In a letter to the council last week, requesting a review of the decision, the foster parents explained:
“We are Christians and we expressed the view that a child needs a mother and a father. We expressed our views in modest, temperate terms based on our Christian convictions. We love everyone (regardless of sexual orientation) and we love the children and believe that they would benefit from the foundation offered by a mother and a father. 
“The decision appears discriminatory to us and not related to the children’s needs. The children love us: we love them. All the reports show that we are a loving, caring and stable family. What more could a child need?”
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‘Best interests of the children’

Commenting on the case, Andrea Williams, said:
“The expression of the belief that a child needs a mother and a father cannot justify a refusal to even consider an offer to adopt by a married couple, especially when that couple is already providing highly-rated foster care to the children in question. It is not in the best interests of the children to be separated from this couple.”
Andrea says that the couple’s experience is another example of how equality legislation is used to marginalise Christians:
“We warned Parliament that the so-called equality developments would damage freedom for Christians to live and speak out their faith – and engage fully with social needs in the nation.   “This is another in a long line of examples of the results of this ill-thought-through legislation, resulting in the potential heart-breaking separation of young children from the foster parents in whose care they are thriving, and where they feel love and security.”
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