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Woman, 18, campaigns for a law change allowing adults to be adopted

‘I should be entitled to a loving home:’ Woman, 18, who wants her boyfriend to adopt her because she’s always been the ‘stranger in her family’, campaigns for a change in law to allow adult adoptions

  • Woman, 18, from Hull, claims she’s always been ‘the odd one out in her family’
  • She is now campaigning for a change in the law so adults can be adopted
  • Wants a friend to adopt her and thinks she ‘should have the right’ to love home


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An 18-year-old woman campaigns for a law change that would allow adults to be adopted.

The anonymous woman, from west Hull, claims she has always been ‘the odd one out in her family’, leading to several mental health issues.

She wants her boyfriend to adopt her and feels she “should have the right” to a loving family home – just like everyone else.

The woman claims that due to a difficult relationship with her family – with whom she no longer lives together – she has to deal with many self-confidence problems.

An 18-year-old woman (pictured), from west Hull, is campaigning for a law change allowing adults to be adopted

An 18-year-old woman (pictured), from west Hull, is campaigning for a law change allowing adults to be adopted

When she sought help after leaving her childhood home, the woman met a new boyfriend, in her 40s, who she says has become a “key figure” in her life and wants her to adopt her.

Unfortunately, her adoption wishes cannot be granted as adoption in the UK is only allowed for children under the age of 18.

The government website states: ‘To be adopted, a child must be under the age of 18 at the time of application for adoption, or must not be (or have been) married or be in a registered partnership.

Current UK Adoption Guidelines – from the child under 18 to both biological parents who are normally required to give consent

Overview

To be adopted, a child must:

– be younger than 18 at the time of the adoption application

– are not (or have not been) married or have a registered partnership

The child’s biological parents

– Both biological parents must normally agree to (consent) the adoption, unless:

– they can’t be found

– they are unable to give consent, for example because of an intellectual disability

– the child would be in danger if not adopted

Who can adopt a child?

– You may be able to adopt a child if you are 21 years of age or older (there is no age limit) and either:

– only

– married

– in a registered partnership

– an unmarried couple (same sex and opposite sex)

– the partner of the child’s parent

Source: GOV.UK

“Both biological parents must normally agree to (consent) the adoption unless they cannot be found, are unable to give consent, e.g. due to an intellectual disability, or the child would be endangered if they were not.” would be adopted. .’

The woman is now calling for change and wants people to sign the petition to change UK adoption laws.

Speaking about her relationship with her friend, she explained, “She’s been looking out for me and I want her to adopt me.

“I said to her, ‘I wish you could adopt me’ and she agreed. I told her it would be nice to have a second family who can love me more.

” She said, “I would take care of you”. She felt sorry for me and has always functioned as family. I want to feel like I belong to a family that suits me, instead of being the odd one out.

“I was neglected in my teens, so it affected my self-esteem. I am too different from my own family. My outer family and close relatives are tense.

“It would be nice to have a real family in my life because my brothers are horrible to me and my family is strange. I am the odd one out. I’m very outgoing and they just don’t get it.

“Even though I’m independent and mature, I need a second family and I deserve to have a real family just like everyone else.”

The woman is now urging people to support the parliament’s petition allowing people aged 18 and over to be adopted.

The petition reads: ‘The government should give adults the right to be legally adopted by the people they consider their parents.

‘Adoption should not be restricted to children in their puberty. Parenthood extends beyond the age of eighteen and that should be recognized in adoption law.’

The woman needs 10,000 signatures for the government to respond to the petition, and 100,000 to be discussed in parliament.

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