Parliament calls for changes to adoption laws

The Swiss parliament has approved a motion to allow the biological parents of adopted children to know their identities once they become adults and give consent.

This content was published on March 10, 2011 - 11:37 and agencies

The motion also aims to make it easier for couples to adopt children in Switzerland by reducing the required minimum age of adoptive parents as well as the amount of time they have been living together. In addition, they would not have to be married.

Currently, adopted children in Switzerland have the right to know the identities of their biological parents, but the biological parents do not have the right to find out what has become of their children.

The motion, which has been approved in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, aims to rectify anomalies relating to past practices when unmarried Swiss women were forced to relinquish their babies for adoption.

The federal government must now propose a law to the parliament which would give effect to the motion.

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