Barnardo’s CEO: opposition to gay adoption is ‘absurd’

Daily Mail (UK) / Christian Institute 1 Feb 2011
“Absurd and unsubstantiated” is how the new Chief Executive of Barnardo’s has described any resistance to homosexual adoption. Miss Anne Marie Carrie has hit out at those who say children do best when raised by a man and a woman. And she believes such views are actually harmful to the welfare of children and must be “challenged.” Miss Carrie’s comments come in the wake of a survey conducted by Barnardo’s, in which nearly a third of the public said they believed heterosexual couples made better parents than same-sex couples. The charity chief responded, “The idea that gay parents are second best must be challenged. “To suggest that a same sex couple is not as able to raise a child as a heterosexual couple is at once absurd and unsubstantiated”, she added.
The first Barnardo’s Home was set up in 1870 by Thomas Barnardo, an evangelical Christian, who alleviated the poverty of thousands of children on London’s streets. By the time of his death in 1905, he had housed, clothed, trained and guided over 60,000 of London’s poorest orphans. But over the years, Barnardo’s has distanced itself from its Christian origins. In 2004, the charity came first in the British Diversity Awards and, reflecting on this in 2007, former CEO Sir Roger Singleton said he was proud of changing Barnardo’s religious culture to a more modern, secular one. “Barnardo’s was founded by a zealous Christian evangelical”, he said. “We had to reconcile the fact that we had our roots in a certain fervent brand of Christianity, with the wish to be a good employer.