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'Adopting' your biological child re step-parent adoption?

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Liomsa · 06/10/2015 10:55

Someone drew my attention to this petition to try to change Irish adoption law so that - if I'm understanding this correctly - the biological parent of a child will no longer have to relinquish that status in law to become the adoptive parent of their birth child, in order for the child's step-parent to adopt him/her.

It sounds quite mad to me - is this a weird anomaly in Irish adoption law (which I'm aware is very different to those in this country), or is this also a requirement in the UK? If so, why? Why can't the step-parent adopt their partner's birth child without the biological parent having to jump through what looks on the surface like a very odd hoop? Or is there a logic that's going completely over my head?

(I'm not an adopter, but I've lurked on here in order to be able to support friends going through approval and matching. I think you're an exemplary part of Mn, informed, supportive, generous.)

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Kewcumber · 06/10/2015 20:17

It used to be the same in the UK too, from memory it changed fairly recently.

M0rven · 07/10/2015 16:34

" I think you're an exemplary part of Mn, informed, supportive, generous "

You are clearly a woman of great intelligence and extraordinary perception Grin

Liomsa · 07/10/2015 17:22

That's me all over. Grin I do actually mean it, though.

Thanks, Kew, too.

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