Scottish Government Clarifies Stance on Adult Adoption

27 March 2018 Written by Family Law Caithness Category: News

A Scottish man who is campaigning for a change in adoption law  in Scotland to allow for adults to be adopted has suffered a set-back after being told the Scottish Government currently has no plans to amend the law in this way, reports the Herald

Nathan Sparling, who is 27-years-old, had called on the Government to amend the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007, which doesn’t allow adoption over the age of 18. Mr Sparling wants the amendment so that his step-father is able to legally adopt him. He explains that his step-father has been part of his family since he was 13 and would like for him to be legally recognised as his father.

He claims to have support for the change across the country and also internationally, and highlights that some countries like the US and Japan already allow for adult adoption.

A question on the matter was raised in the Scottish Parliament, but Childcare Minister Maree Todd dismissed the idea, saying the legislation was designed to protect children and family stability. She went on to say that other legislation already exists to allow families to ensure the inheritance rights of step-children or to enable adults to change their names on their birth certificates.

Mr Sparling has expressed his disappointment with the response, describing the Scottish Government as ‘disinterested’ and calling on them to change their stance on the issue.

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