I think the treatment of D Cottriall on this thread has been appalling.
I have a sister who is gay and she plays an influential role in the life of her girlfriend's daughter - they have a fantastic relationship. Having said that, I do not think that social services should be placing foster children in the care of homosexual couples, nor do I think they should be allowed to adopt - and that is just my own personal opinion.
The reason there are so many children waiting to be fostered or adopted is because people are allowed to be so picky - they want this or that but not the other, they want a perfect child that fits their rose-tinted view of children and their idea of the perfect family - they don't question whether they are suitable for the child - it is the same with IVF which couples demand on the NHS - their right to a child, never giving a thought to the rights of the child yet to be born - and whether they would make suitable parents for the unborn child.
Adopton agencies are also far too choosy when selecting would be parents, citing smoking and obesity as reasons not to let them foster or adopt - instead preferring to place a child with a thin, gay couple in order to tick a few boxes and appease the suits in Brussels. My father was seriously overweight for all his adult life, drank like a fish and smoked like a chimney, but he raised 5 brilliant kids, none of whom smoke BTW.
I know of a white couple who were never able to conceive and in the 1960's they applied to adopt and were given a black baby - however they gave the baby back as she couldn't deal with it - not sure if it was the colour, but anyhow there was less choice then, and also the authorities were a lot less choosy and just very keen to place youngsters with childless married couples.
I have read several cases where gay couples (men) have fostered/adopted young boys and have gone on to abuse the boys placed in their care - what I find ridiculous is the shock feigned by Social Services when the cases have come to court. That is not to say I believe all gay men would behave in such a way.