Action for Children highlights public suspicion of same-sex adopters

More than a third of people believe that lesbian and gay couples and single people should not be allowed to adopt, according to a survey published by charity Action for Children today.

More than eight out of 10 of those who believed lesbian and gay people shouldn’t be allowed to adopt said children needed both male and female role models, the ICM survey of more than 1,000 adults found. And more than three-quarters believed this would lead to the breakdown of the traditional family and would not be in the best interests of the child.

The charity said the survey  revealed “strongly ingrained attitudes” among sections of the public about who should and should not be able to adopt.

Susan Cotton, adoption manager at Action for Children, called the findings, published to mark National Adoption Week, “shocking and disappointing” and warned potential adopters could be deterred because of public attitudes.

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