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Scottish campaigner calls on MSPs to legalise adult adoption

By Thea Dunne -

Scottish campaigner calls on MSPs to legalise adult adoption

A Scottish man is lobbying the government for a legal change that would allow the adoption of adults.

From the age of 13 Nathan Sparling, 27, was raised by his mother and stepfather, Brian. Now he is seeking legal change that would allow Brian to be made his legal parent. He made the statement below:

“This week I wrote to my MSPs asking them to support an amendment to the Adoption & Children (Scotland) Act 2007 to allow parents to adopt their children after they turn 18. Having been brought up by my Mum until the age of 13, my step-dad came into my life and raised me as his own. I’ll never call another dad, yet he can’t adopt me because of our law that prohibits it. There are many reasons for adult adoption: the transfer of inheritance rights, restoring an original relationship between adult adoptees and their biological family, or simply formalising the relationship of a step-child/step-parent.”

Sparling pointed out that as a big decision for both sides, time limits for adoption were arbitrary and inappropriate.

The Scottish Herald reported that a Scottish Labour spokesman promised to listen to proposals from the campaign.

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Thea Dunne

Thea joined Vardags in September 2016. She read English at Trinity College, Cambridge and previously interned at Christie’s Auction House.