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News: UK

Thu 7 Apr, 2011
By Sam Bristowe


If approved and a child placed in their care, they can apply together to be joint parents legally for that child

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Same-sex couples in the Isle of Man have been granted the right to Civil Partnerships which also means they can now adopt in the small island as the right was restricted to married couples or single people.

The Civil Partnership Bill 2011 means couples could hold their ceremony as early as next week, a decision that has pleased both members of the LGBT community and other Isle of Man residents.

According to BBC, Assistant Chief Registrar Ian Gilmore said: "With effect from 6 April, prospective civil partners will be able to start the procedures that will ultimately lead to them signing a civil partnership schedule, and from that point onwards law will recognise their partnership."

The change in law means that same-sex couples can now adopt which has come as great news for the Isle of Man Adoption Service.



TheIsleofMan.com reported that Catriona Morris, manager of the Isle of Man Adoption Service (IOMAS) said: "This amendment to the Adoption Act should be a real positive for those children – both Manx and from elsewhere in the British Isles - who need a permanent family by way of adoption.

"Previously if a couple wished to adopt a child and were not married, only one of the couple could adopt.

"The amendment allows those couples who have been together for some time but who have not chosen to marry, and same sex couples - whether in a civil partnership or long term relationship, to be considered as future adoptive parents.

"If approved and a child placed in their care, they can apply together to be joint parents legally for that child.

"I hope this will encourage more families on the Island to think positively about providing a lifelong home for a child who for many reasons can no longer live with their original family."

For more information about adoption within the Isle of Man:
The Isle of Man Adoption Service is encouraging those who wish to learn more about this change to contact the agency on 01624 625161 or e-mail general@iomas.im.

Preparation groups for those interested in adoption will be held in early May. A drop-in information evening is being held on May 18 from 6pm until 9pm at Centre 21, Greenfield Road, Douglas. The Isle of Man Adoption Service is particularly keen to find families or single people who may be interested in adopting children aged six or over, or sibling groups.

 

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