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Eleven civil organisations protested the government’s new bill that would tighten rules on adoption in a joint statement on Friday, saying it would lead to more children having to grow up in state care and being adopted by foreign couples from abroad.

In their statement issued on the occasion of World Children’s Day, the civil groups said the Hungarian government’s bill would make it impossible for single people as well as unmarried and same-sex couples to adopt a child, thereby reducing the number of potential adoptions in the country.

New Law Proposal to Make Adoption for Those Not Married Almost Impossible
New Law Proposal to Make Adoption for Those Not Married Almost Impossible

Right after parliament had approved the extension of the state of emergency, the government submitted an amendment to the Hungarian Constitution on Tuesday. The proposal, among others, states that “the mother is a woman, the father is a man,” and would make adoption almost impossible with a new amendment. The proposal states that a child, with the exception […]Continue reading

Citing experts, the statement said state child-care homes were incapable of providing children the attention and emotional security they require for a healthy development, noting also the issue of abuse in certain homes. The statement said:

Therefore it is in the interest of every child that they grow up in a family or in the care of a community rather than in a care home.

The civil groups added that this was in line with the guidelines of the United Nations and the Council of Europe. They said that the bill would also further curtail the rights of transgender and intersex children.

The statement was signed by Amnesty International Hungary, Budapest Pride, gay rights group Háttér Társaság, the Labrisz Lesbian Association, the Parents and Supporters of LGBTQ Children group, Asexual Hungary, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the Hungarian LGBT Alliance, the Prizma Community, qLit and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (TASZ).

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