Christian couple have fostering bid rejected

Created on: 10th August 2010


A Christian couple have had their application to become foster parents turned down because of their beliefs. Rev John Yallop and his wife Colette had applied to Lancashire Council to become foster parents but were rejected after saying that they did not wish to meet same sex couples in their home.

They claimed that it may be confusing for their five-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son - preferring to meet prospective couples at a children's centre. Due to this request, their application has now been terminated by the council and the couple has contacted the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) for assistance.

Andrea Williams, director of the CLC, revealed that they would be supporting the couple in taking legal action. "It is vital that as Christians we are allowed to live out our faith in public and not be eliminated from this kind of vital community work due to oppressive equalities legislation," she explained.

"Christian beliefs on marriage and the family produce wonderful, vibrant communities and we need to have the confidence to speak about this and live out our faith."

Posted by Tim Pearson

Extract: A Christian couple have had their application to become foster parents turned down because of their beliefs.

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posted by Proxima Centauri on 29-02-12

If a Muslim couple refused to meet Christian parents in front of their young children people with different beliefs in the UK would be likely be quick to call the Muslims unreasonable and unsuitable foster parents. Similarly if a Jewish/Hindu/Atheist couple refused to meet Christians at home people with different beliefs in the UK would likely support the Local Authority that refused the couple as foster parents. Should Christians have more freedom to discriminate than people with different beliefs?


posted by Paul Ellis on 15-09-15

Both myself and my wife are practicing Muslims. We recently applied to become foster parents - primarily we would like to offer a home to one of the displaced Syrian children we hear of every day in the press. We own our 4 bedroomed detached house. We have two grown up daughters (one still living with us)and for all intents and purposes consider ourselves eminently suitable. We have been turned down. No reason has been given. I have come to the conclusion that applying to become a foster parent is like buying a ticket for the national lottery. There is no transparency. These decisions must be made by social workers who are in urgent need of a brain transplant. We consider it to be their loss.


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