Isn't discrimination the whole point?
Blogged by James Preece on 25th January 2013
Call me old fashioned, but is not the purpose of an adoption agency to discriminate?
I mean - if we wanted, we could dump children in railway stations and hand them out to the first person that turned up offering to take them off our hands. That would get a lot of children out of care very quickly...
We don't do that. Not only because we want to discriminate against drug addicts and sexual predators, but because we recognise that every child is different and has different needs. So we have adoption agencies, whose purpose is to find a child the best possible home.
This may mean discriminating in umpteen arbitary ways. If a child has a phobia of Father Christmas then it might mean discriminating against fat men with white beards. If a child used to have lots of pets and is constantly depressed for want of a dog, it might mean discriminating in favour of somebody with a dog.
This is the point of adoption agencies. No?
So I am left wondering what would happen if my wife and I were killed in an accident and our children were left requiring adoption? Would it be okay to discriminate in favour of any members of our extended family who might want to help? Would it be okay note that Ella and I would like our children bringing up Catholic and to discriminate against any non-Catholics in the adoption process?
I actually have no idea what the legal situation is - do we as a parents have any legal right to insist on discrimination in the event of our death? How would we go about doing it? Would putting it in a will make any difference?
Or would our children be distributed at random by an organisation so hell bent on "equality" that it must interview prospective adropters while wearing a blindfold and putting it's fingers in it's ears lest it spot that both of the voices across the table are male? Our children sent to different families (can't discriminate against people who only want one child) and my little girl finds herself being cared for by two men?
I had better look both ways before I cross the road.
Still - at least I can be fairly sure they won't be placed with convicted sex abusers, that sort of discrimination is still allowed. For now.
I mention all this because of the news that a complaint by the National Secular Society has lead to a ruling by the Scottish Charity Regulator to the effect that an adoption agency must pretend not to know that children are better off with a mummy and a daddy or else be closed down.
The regulators report reads as follows...
OSCR finds that the charity is operating in breach of the Equality Act 2010: the criteria it applies to people who enquire about assessment as prospective adoptive parents discriminate unlawfully against same sex couples.
The charity’s preferred criteria prioritise couples who have been married for at least two years: marriage is not available to same sex couples and this constitutes direct discrimination
Of course it constitutes direct discrimination.
It's discrimination in favour of that which is better for children.
That's what adoption agencies are for..