8 Status conferred by adoption

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 21 November 2001.

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The wording of clause 64 (1) that an adopted child is to be treated as if he or she has been born as a child of that marriage is not a helpful statement. We believe that adoptive families have additional tasks in relation to their children and accepting their past and the need to know about it is one of these tasks.