Fair Point: Tough rules on adoption are so vital

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You hear all the time about people desperate to adopt being denied a child.

Then this week we hear a UK adoptive mother of three, refused permission for a fourth child, got what she wanted by using one of her children as a baby bank. This twisted excuse for a mother persuaded her adoptive daughter to inseminate herself with donor sperm from the age of 14. Her actions were child abuse; thankfully she was found out and is in jail. Tragically her children, who came from abroad, are presumably back in care.

Campaigners argue international adoption is still too easy, but to many it seemed wrong to leave unwanted children rocking in cots when supposedly caring homes were waiting in the west. Now we can see why the rules are so vital.