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Japanese city becomes first to officially recognise same-sex foster parents

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A city in Japan has become the first to recognise a first same-sex couple as foster parents.
A city in Japan has become the first to recognise a first same-sex couple as foster parents.
The gay couple in Osaka, who are in their 40s and 30s, has now officially fostered a teenage boy, who has been living with them since February.
The older of the two men – who asked not to be named – welcomed the decision, saying: “I am happy we became foster parents [and recognised] as a single household, not just as individuals.
Their foster child is now “living a comfortable life,” he told Tokyo outlet Kyodo News.
The partners originally registered their intent to foster a child in autumn 2015 and had to undergo a series of lectures and training and other scrutiny by authorities, including social welfare tests.
The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare confirmed that there was “no precedent” for a same-sex couple being certified as foster parents.
Same-sex fostering is not banned in Japan, but simply does not happen – until now.

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