A court has ruled that a couple who adopted a baby the day after he was born must now give him back.
The Daily Mail reports:
The married couple have been told to surrender the boy – who has lived with them for more than ten months – even though they are the only family he has ever known.
The law demands that the baby – whose parents signed away the right to bring him up before he was born – should live with anyone in his natural family who is capable of raising him, a panel of three judges ruled.
The ruling came about under 'last resort' adoption rules which state that a child can only be adopted if no other relatives can raise the child. The little boy in question will live with his grandparents, who came forward to offer him a home more than two months after his birth. The boy was born in November and at the end of January the child's father raised the possibility that his parent might be willing to offer the child a home.
The appeal court judge, Sir James Munby, said that a baby’s ties to his natural family may only be broken in exceptional circumstances and although the court acknowledged that the child had known no other mother, the point was made that these are not exceptional circumstances.
It's a heart-breaking story for all concerned and I suppose the only saving grace is that the little boy might be too young to be permanently effected by the turn of events. While I understand the primacy that birth families must have in cases such as this, it seems wrong that an adoption can go ahead like this only to be overturned at a later date. What unimaginable pain for the adoptive parents.
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