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Meg Munn fights for unmarried couples to adopt

Friday, October 25, 2002

As a former social worker in children’s services, Meg Munn, Labour and Co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley strongly supports an amendment to the Adoption Bill, which will allow unmarried couples (of any gender) to be considered as adoptive parents. Current legislation allows single people and married couples to adopt but not unmarried couples.

Meg was very concerned when the House of Lords rejected the amendment, some had said it was a step on the road to gay marriages.

Upon hearing the news Meg said

“The House of Lords have the misguided view that this is about adults and their relationships, when in fact it is about the needs of children.

Crucially there are many more children needing families than there are adopters. Most children placed for adoption have been in care, often abused or neglected by their own families. It’s a shocking fact that a boy over the age of 5 is very unlikely to find someone to give him a permanent home.

Let us not forget that all adults applying to be adopters are subject to rigorous assessment to ensure that they can meet a child’s needs. This is the most important issue, not whether they comply with an idealised view of a family. Indeed it is often people who have experienced difficulties in their own lives who are best equipped to help children who have experienced the trauma of abuse and the loss of their own family.

I will be working extremely hard to support these much needed changes when the plans come back to the House of Commons next month.”

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