Are there more barriers to adoption for same sex couples?

The introduction of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 saw the eligibility criteria for adoptive parents extended to unmarried and single people, which also included same sex couples. However, despite this expansion, same sex couples who wish to adopt may still encounter barriers, not least because of biased or negative attitudes of professionals within the adoption sector. This article discusses some of the issues same sex couples may experience, and looks at the case of a woman from Cambridge who, in the absence of a legal alternative, was forced to adopt her own child.