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Canada Goose sale Get daily updates directly to your inbox SubscribeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailAn Asian couple are going to court after claiming they were told not to bother applying to adopt a baby ‘because white couples get priority’.Sandeep and Reena Mander, who are British Sikhs aged in their thirties, say the Adopt Berkshire agency advised them not to apply because of their ‘cultural heritage’.The couple, who live in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, had said they would be delighted to adopt a child of any ethnic background, with or without siblings.However, following a home visit and assessment by Adopt Berkshire, they were allegedly informed that although otherwise they would be very suitable adoptive parents, they could not make an application because white couples would be given priority as there were only white children available for adoption.They say they were told that ‘as only white children were in need’, then ‘white British or European applicants would be given preference’, meaning they were unlikely to be selected.They say the agency accepted there was no reason to think the Manders could not provide a loving and financially stable home but suggested they should consider adopting from India a country with which they have no close links.”Giving an adopted child no matter what race the security of a loving home was all we wanted to do” said Sandeep.”What we didn ‘t expect was a refusal for us to even apply for adoption, not because of our incapability to adopt, but Canada Goose Outlet because our cultural heritage was defined as ‘Indian/Pakistani ‘.”We had been trying to conceive for about seven years, and went through 16 IVF sessions, before deciding to try to adopt.”They attended introductory workshops organised by the Cheap Canada Goose Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council and its adoption agency, Adopt Berkshire.They said their case was first taken up by Theresa May, who is their local MP, during her time as Home Secretary.”Mrs May was shocked and was very helpful. Her office wrote letters but nothing happened” said Sandeep.”When she became Prime Minister, she sent further letters and involved the then minister for children and he suggested we take legal advice.”The couple say they have now been approved to adopt from the US, but they expect it will cost cost them about http://www.hotcanadagoose.com/ Adoption agencies are allowed to prioritise on the basis of race to match Canada Goose Sale children to prospective parents of the same ethnic background.But the government has also ruled that a child ‘s ethnicity should not be a barrier to adoption.The Manders are applying to Slough County Court, seeking a declaration that the policy should allow them to adopt.They are being represented by the law firm McAllister Olivarius and their case is supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.The law firm ‘s senior partner, Ann Olivarius, said ‘too little attention’ had been paid to the best interests of children in need of adoption.”It is very odd when you have children in great need and who are desperate for a home. This couple seem the best candidates for parenthood you would want to know.The couple have tried unsuccessfully to get the agency ‘s decision reversed by making a formal canada goose outlet http://www.hotcanadagoose.com Cheap Canada Goose complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman.Adopt Berkshire ‘s website says children in need of adoption ‘will reflect the racial, cultural and religious backgrounds of the populations within the areas from which they originate’ Canada Goose sale.