23 March 2013
Mum And Dad Matter For Adopted Kids - Poll
An independent poll of 1,000 New Zealanders by Curia Market Research has found majority support for families with both a
mum and a dad having priority for adoptions.
Respondents were asked “Should families where there is both a mum and a dad have priority for the adoption of babies and
children?” 52% of respondents say that families with both a mum and a dad should have priority for adoptions - 38%
There was a significant difference by gender, with women split almost equally and men strongly in favour of priority for
families with a mum and dad. The proposition also increased in support by age. National party voters were most in favour
by a margin of 2:1.
“This result is significant because politicians are currently considering the Marriage Amendment Bill which will
automatically open up adoption to same-sex couples,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“But same-sex couple and single parent adoption where there is no biological connection, and surrogacy, potentially
harms children because it intentionally creates motherless and fatherless families - at the same time as we express
concern at the high rates of absent fathers and solo parent households.”
“While a compassionate and caring society should come to the aid of children who have lost their father and/or mother,
it is dangerous ground to intentionally give children who become wards of the state no father or no mother. Who wants to
tell a 15 year old boy that we didn’t think he needed a dad, or a 14 year old girl that we don’t think she needs a mum?”
says Mr McCoskrie.
“The two most loving and capable women in the world simply cannot provide a daddy - and two men cannot provide a mum. A
child has a right to a mum and a dad. Death, divorce and disaster may not always deliver that, but we should not set out
in public policy to deny a child that basic right," says Mr McCoskrie. "This is not a sexuality issue. This is a gender
issue. The gender of the parents does matter to a child.”
“Significant changes to adoption laws should not be done as an incidental outcome of changing the definition of