Judge rules two-year-old should be adopted, against wishes of Portuguese father

Proving that ‘forced adoptions’ are not only an issue in the UK, a family court judge in Porto has ruled that a two-year-old girl should be placed for adoption even though her 50-year-old father wants to look after her.

According to tabloid Correio da Manhã, the court does not consider that the father has “the conditions that allow him to take care of his daughter”.

He is unemployed, and recently asked for six months grace in which to try and find a job, but has not been able to, said the paper.

The child’s mother “disappeared a few days after her daughter’s birth”, and the baby was taken in by social services, where she has remained ever since.

CM suggests the father is appealing the judge’s decision. In the meantime, his twice weekly visits to his daughter have been curtailed.

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