UK: Sikh couple told 'they can't adopt white child'

Adopt Berkshire, the county-wide agency run by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, said white British or European parents would be given preference.

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK desk
Source/Credit: The Times of India
By Press Trust of India | June 27, 2017

LONDON: A Sikh couple in the UK have alleged that they were refused permission to adopt a white child because of their "cultural heritage" and told to adopt a child from India instead.

Sandeep and Reena Mander, British-born business professionals from Berkshire, were quoted by The Times as saying that they were told not to apply to become adoptive parents on the basis that white British or European applicants would be given preference.

The couple, who are of Sikh-Indian heritage, had told Adopt Berkshire adoption agency that they would be delighted to adopt a child of any ethnic background but were rejected as potential parents on the grounds that only white children were available.

The Manders, both in their 30s, claimed they were told to adopt a child from India instead.
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