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It has being hailed as the biggest change to Jersey's adoption laws for generations.
The island's government today backed changes to legislation which will allow unmarried couples - whether heterosexual or homosexual - to adopt.
The Health Minister says the move is needed to ensure young people aren't denied good homes.
It is a decision being welcomed by those who want to offer youngsters a stable upbringing, but who - until now - have been denied that right. Our political correspondent Leah Ferguson reports.
Jersey’s Fostering and Adoption team say that are happy the States have passed a proposition to change the laws on adoption.
At present, unmarried couples are not allowed to adopt, only foster. But the law will now change, meaning all unmarried couples - whether heterosexual or homosexual - can adopt. This modernisation will widen the pool of potential adoptive parents.
Jersey’s government has backed changes to legislation which will allow unmarried couples - whether heterosexual or homosexual - to adopt.
Currently they are only allowed to foster as a couple.
The Health Minister has said young people should not be denied the best home just because a couple are not married.