While both his adoptive parents are wonderful people, Nunnery feels there is a right for someone to have information about their biological parents
, as well.
Legal custody of the children was held by the state; physical custody was with the foster parents; but, the parental rights of the biological parents
had not been terminated.
As Table 1 shows, the eight arrangements shown in Table 2 cover nearly all children in Australia, since they live with at least one biological parent
or with grandparents.
The landscape is somewhat different in cases of second-parent adoption, where one member of a samesex couple is a biological parent
and the nonbiological partner wishes also to become a legal parent.
Thus far, empirical findings reflect that most children appear to be healthier, more competent in school, and more emotionally healthy when they live with two biological parents
and have the most troubled lives when neither parent is present (Amato, 1998; Phares, 1997).
The law says biological parents
and adoptive parents must contribute to the maintenance of their children.
The law provides that biological parents
acquire automatic parental responsibility.
Abandonment by the biological parent
, or her neglect and refusal to perform her filial obligation of love and support, may really justify the adoption of the child without her consent.
Moreover, a jailed biological parent
also dramatically raised the risk of the child having spent time in prison or a young offenders institution.
The other biological parent
would then cease to be a legal parent when the adoption order is made.
A child should not be removed from the primary care of his or her biological parents
without compelling reason.
* Whether the child still has a relationship with her absent biological parent