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PE01701: Change the law to allow adoption for people over the age of 18


Petitioner: Nathan Sparling


Date Lodged: 03 September 2018

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to amend the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007, or introduce separate legislation, to allow for the adoption of individuals who are over the age of 18, in order to respect the right to a family life enshrined in the Human Rights Act 1998.

Petition History:


27 September 2018: The Committee took evidence from Nathan Sparling and Caroline Dempster. The Committee agreed to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and the Minister for Older People and Equalities, the Law Society of Scotland, the Family Law Association, Relationship Scotland, Adoption UK (Scottish Advisory Group) and Adoption and Fostering Alliance (Scotland). Link to Official Report 27 September 2018 

20 December 2018: The Committee agreed to write to the petitioner, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Law Commission. Link to Official Report 20 Decemeber 2018

21 November 2019: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that the Scottish Government does not support the action called for in the petition. Link to Official Report of Meeting 21 November 2019 

Written submissions:


• Do you support a change to the law, so that people who are over 18 years old can be adopted?

• What are the benefits that could be gained by changing the law to allow adoption for people over the age of 18?

I understand age restricts adoption even though they want it the law refuses :(

Tracy thomas

15:41 on 14 Aug 2018

Should be able to express commitment to adopt people over 18 in law and in public.

Caroline Dempster

21:08 on 02 Aug 2018

I support this.

Mirjam Urfer

13:38 on 02 Aug 2018

You're still related to your family as an adult.

Richard Burge

1:30 on 02 Aug 2018

This means a lot to those of us who have had to build our own families. Its important to have our family recognised.

George Valiotis

13:59 on 01 Aug 2018

When you are an adult you are sensible enough to make that decision

Susan harley

14:13 on 25 Jul 2018

I support this

Maxime Blake

11:38 on 25 Jul 2018

Good luck

Anne Taylor

21:07 on 24 Jul 2018

Happy to help Nathan Sparling change this law. X

Yvonne Cook

17:34 on 23 Jul 2018

Well done Nathan, together we can change the law xxx

Cheryl Mckenzie

15:24 on 23 Jul 2018

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