Letter: Criteria for couples who seek to adopt

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Sir: It is doubtless true that there are many lesbian couples who would be far better suited to parenthood than conventional couples (leading article, 7 January). However, it is the responsibility of those placing children for adoption - who are already at a disadvantage - to place the adoptees in an environment that has the best potential to provide them with a stable and happy upbringing. There are many factors that contribute towards creating such an environment (of which having a father is one) and it is encumbent upon the authorities to place them with those couples who fulfil the most criteria.

Yours sincerely,



8 January