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Adoption: kids need both mum and dad
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

FamilyVoice Tasmania state officer Jim Collins is concerned that amendments to Tasmania’s adoption laws would remove two key safeguards for children – stability and an optimal parenting environment.

“ I have urged Tasmanian MLCs to vote against the Adoption Amendment Bill 2013,” Jim Collins said today.  “Where possible, children should be brought up in a stable context with the love of both a mum and dad.

“Male and female parents offer unique, complementary and important nurturing roles.  Social policy for adoptive children must be guided by the best interests of the children, who ideally need role models of both sexes,” Jim Collins said.  “As a father and an advocate for the importance of marriage and family life, I am very concerned that this bill puts the desires of adults above the welfare of children.”

In a recent New York Times opinion piece, homosexual father Frank Ligtvoet expressed his adopted daughter’s struggle with the reality of not having a mother in her day-to-day life.

“How can legislating for such arrangements be in the best interests of children?” FamilyVoice Tasmania state officer Jim Collins asked.

“Currently, only couples married for more than three years are eligible to adopt.  This requirement for a stable, committed relationship should not be weakened.” 


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