A couple from Maidenhead have won nearly £120,000 in damages after being discriminated against by not being allowed to adopt.
Sandeep and Reena Mande saw an application to join a register of approved adopters turned down because of their Indian ancestry, and were told their chances would be improved if they looked to adopt in India or Pakistan.
The couple sued Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council for discrimination and their case has been backed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Judge Melissa Clarke awarded the couple general damages of £29,454.42 each and special damages totalling £60,013.43 for the cost of adopting a child overseas.
The judge also made a declaration that the council "directly discriminated" against the couple in the provision of adoption services on the grounds of race. But she rejected the Manders' claim that they had also suffered discrimination under Article 12 of the European Convention of Human Rights and the right to "found a family".