The government has announced plans to give a special dispensation for parents with Down syndrome to adopt their children, following a series of successful trials that have seen hundreds of babies with the genetic condition successfully adopted by families.
A number of countries have also introduced a legal framework to support adoption of Down syndrome babies.
However, it is thought there is little chance of a nationwide ban on adoption by Down syndrome parents.
The UK Government has already introduced legislation that will make it easier for parents of children with Down Syndrome to adopt them.
The Government said the UK has seen a “significant rise in adoption opportunities” for children with the condition, with an estimated 3,500 babies having been adopted by parents who have Down syndrome or some other variant of the disorder in the past 12 months.
“Our research has shown that adopting children with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome is a huge success story, with almost 1,200 babies being adopted in the last 12 months,” a spokesperson said.
“This is not just for the benefit of the children, but also the impact on their families and wider community.”
The Government’s adoption strategy is a powerful example of the Government’s commitment to tackling the disability inequalities that affect so many of our most vulnerable members of society.
“It is estimated that the average cost of a UK family of four adopting a child with a genetic disorder is £30,000, but that adoption could be a much cheaper option for some families.
In a recent report, the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) said that there was an urgent need for adoption to be more accessible for those with Down and Down syndrome.”
We want to make adoption more affordable, more accessible and accessible for people with disabilities.””
It costs thousands of pounds and this is because the costs for the family to bring up the child are a huge amount of money.”
We want to make adoption more affordable, more accessible and accessible for people with disabilities.
“The IoP report noted that a majority of adoption cases were not being brought to court and said that in the UK, only one in 10 of cases brought to the courts is successful.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health said: “As part of our commitment to support the adoption of children in families with Down’s syndrome and other special needs, we are currently working with a number of agencies and organisations to develop a national strategy for the adoption and care of children who have the condition.”
The Government has previously said it wanted to see an end to the “exclusionary rule” which prevents people with Down-spectrum conditions from getting married.
A new policy which will see parents of Down-S syndrome children in the same legal circumstances as other children will be launched next month, with the aim of ensuring that the legal rights of people with the same genetic condition will be respected.”
In a number.
cases, people with a Down syndrome have a legal right to the same rights as other people who have been born with the disorder,” a government spokesperson said in a statement.”
A person who has Down syndrome can’t be discriminated against in employment, housing, public accommodation, access to education, access in healthcare or access to social care, or in other ways.
“But the government recognises that people who do not have Down Syndrome have different rights than people with other disabilities.”