A five year old boy and his four year old sister have been taken from their mother because she is a recovering heroin addict and not considered capable of caring for her children. For over two years they have been cared for by their (46 year old) grandmother and (59 year old) grandfather in Edinburgh. Social services consider that the grandparents are too old to provide appropriate care and so have pushed for the children to be adopted. The grandparents have contested this decision in the courts but gave in because they could not afford the legal bills.
Social services have decided to place the children with a male same-sex couple. There were plenty of heterosexual couples who wanted to adopt the children but social services decided that the gay couple could best meet their needs. This despite the fact that as part of the court records, the grandparents hold a social work report which says that the little girl is not happy around men.
The grandparents have expressed their view that the children should be looked after by a mother and a father and are not happy that the children have been placed with a gay couple. (The mother is not happy either.)
Obviously the grandparents would like to keep in regular contact with their grandchildren. Social services have told them that they would 'certainly look' at allowing them access to the children 'when you are able to come back with an open mind on the issues.' Having an "open mind" of course means not expressing any politically incorrect views about gay adoption.
Telegraph: Mother's anger over gay couple's adoption of her children
Daily Mail: 'They say we're too old to care for our grandchildren': Social workers hand brother and sister to gay men for adoption