Lesbian Couple Humiliate Foster Son
A six-year-old boy was dressed in girl's clothes by his lesbian foster parents and the humiliating photo was posted on Facebook, court documents have revealed.
One of the Australian women was preparing for a sex change to become a man - while her girlfriend was having fertility treatment, according to a Sydney newspaper.
The boy, given the pseudonym Campbell by the New South Wales Children's Court, has since been taken away from the couple and the Facebook picture removed.
When she learned of the boy who had been dressed in girl's clothes, former Children's Court magistrate Barbara Holborow declared: 'Oh my God - what are we doing?'
She told Sydney's Daily Telegraph that she had called for a full inquiry into the decision to place the boy with the lesbian women.
The case has caused outrage among same-sex women who said it gave the impression that lesbians were bad parents.
But Families Minister Pru Goward has demanded a full explanation from child welfare service Barnardos, which had arranged for the two women to become foster parents for the boy and his older sister.
'I am seeking advice from Barnardos to confirm that care arrangements were appropriate and the well-being of the children was paramount', she said.
The paper said the boy's story, described as one of the saddest in New South Wales, was revealed in a Supreme Court judgement posted in a document called Childlren's Law News.
The boy's birth mother had tried but failed in the Supreme Court to win back custody of her son.
But it has been learned that the new foster parents who now have him in their care have said they want to adopt him.
Campbell was 18 months old in 2006 when he was taken into care with his four stepbrothers and two stepsisters after complaints of physical and mental abuse by their parents.
In 2009 Campbell and his sister 'Abby' aged 12, were placed with the lesbian couple.
Because things did not work out for Abby she was moved from the couple and it was later that Campbell was dressed in girl's clothing and his photo posted on Facebook..
As the controversy grew in Australia yesterday, one supporter of the lesbian couple said the insinuation appeared to be that simply placing the children with a lesbian couple was the problem and that the foster care agency should have known that any woman crazy enough to be a lesbian was likely to 'humiliate' a child.
In a separate recent controversial case in Australia a man who became a donor father so a lesbian couple could have a child had his name removed from the youngster's birth certificate following the women's break-up.
A judge agreed to remove the father's name from the little girl's birth certificate after the birth mother's former partner asked a court to replace his name with her own.
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