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Foster Carers Written Answer, 12/11/13 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Murdo Fraser's (Cons) question asking the Scottish Government, if same-sex marriage was introduced, what its position is on whether it would be appropriate for (a) prospective and (b) current foster carers who oppose it to have their suitability to provide such care questioned; whether it considers that it would be appropriate to ask them their views on the matter, and under what circumstances it considers that opposition to it would make a person unsuitable to provide foster care.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil, replied that the key issue in relation to fostering is the welfare of the child. It would not be appropriate for prospective and current foster carers who oppose same sex marriage to have their suitability to foster children questioned just because of opposition to same sex marriage. Persons opposed to same sex marriage who are seeking to foster children must, like anybody else, demonstrate their suitability to foster children from a wide variety of backgrounds. It may be appropriate in some cases to ask persons seeking to foster how they would deal with cases such as a young person who is uncertain about his or her sexuality or a young person who is being bullied in school about their sexual orientation. If a person is unable to provide satisfactory answers to these types of questions, they may not be suitable to provide foster care. However, opposition to same sex marriage is not by itself sufficient to make a person unsuitable to provide foster care.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 12 November 2013 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 12 November 2013