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MercatorNet: ‘Mum and dad’ views disqualify foster couple for adoption

MercatorNet: ‘Mum and dad’ views disqualify foster couple for adoption
‘Mum and dad’ views disqualify foster couple for adoption

‘Mum and dad’ views disqualify foster couple for adoption

Told the children were destined for a gay couple, their reaction was ‘concerning’.
Christian Concern | Nov 14 2016 | comment 

A British Christian couple has been blocked from adopting their foster children, after expressing views based on their belief that children should have a mother and a father wherever possible. Social services will not consider the husband and wife’s offer to adopt the children, after they aired "concerning" views about the possibility of a same-sex couple adopting the children. 
The couple has now asked the local council to review the decision, which it says appears discriminatory. They are being supported by the Christian Legal Centre.
Couple received glowing reports 
The couple has been providing foster care for the two young children since the beginning of this year.  Reports from social workers praised them for their "lovely care", and stated that they "worked well with all professionals". The couple, who already have two adopted children, had expressed interest in adopting the foster children on a number of occasions.
'Against our conscience'
As Christians, the foster parents believe that placing a child with a mother and a father, whenever possible, is in the child’s best interests. Last month, they 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". 
'Best option' for the children 
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 denied their request, claiming that their views could be "detrimental to the long-term needs of the children."
'We love everyone and we love the children'
In a letter to the council last week, requesting that they review the decision, the foster parents argued: 
"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?"
Lawful and mainstream
Commenting on the case, Chief Executive of the Christian Legal Centre, Andrea Williams, said: 
"This couple's viewpoint is lawful and mainstream. The expression of a view that a child needs a mother and a father cannot justify a refusal to even consider a married couple’s application to adopt. The separation of this couple from the children at this time is unthinkable."
She also highlighted the couple’s situation as another example of equality legislation being 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," she said. 
"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."
The couple are being represented by Standing Counsel to the Christian Legal Centre, Paul Diamond.
This article is reproduced with permission from Christian Concern, a London-based organisation that defends Christians in the public sphere and to protect the freedom of Christians to live their lives in accordance with their beliefs. Read the article on their website.

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Now look what he's done! Donald Trump gets elected in the US and six days later New Zealand has a magnitude 7.5 earthquake -- actually two quakes -- killing two people. Correlation is not causation, but it must be tempting for some journalists to blame the new American president for our latest misfortune. Or was it the super moon? Tonight, the moon is at its closest point to the Earth in 68 years. Unfortunately there is a lot of cloud around in this part of the world so we are not seeing it yet. That's probably Trump's fault too.
Well, as far as MercatorNet is concerned, it is time to focus on the things President Trump should do rather than on the awful things he has done or might do. He needs lots of good ideas, and one of them is outlined by Elysse ElHage. Building a healthy marriage culture is not a task for which Mr Trump is uniquely qualified. However, we can all learn from our mistakes. We can also learn from the massive amount of data that Ms ElHage indicates in her article, showing that strong families are part of the story of making America great again. Are you paying attention Mr Trump? 

Carolyn Moynihan
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