A NUNAWADING couple say they have been denied a chance to adopt a disabled child because they are considered too old.I've blogged before about age as a factor in adopting. I took the position that there was no age which should be a per se barrier to adoption, that age should not be used as a proxy for lack of energy or poor health or absolute life expectancy. A lot of people in the comments disagreed with me! So what do you think about this story? BTW, the department denies that age was the barrier.
Craig and Janet Coulson applied to the Department of Human Services in a bid to adopt a special needs child.
The couple, in their mid-50s, are already full-time carers of two disabled children.
They adopted Tayla, 15, and Claudia, 7, when they were 22 months old.
Tayla suffers from cerebral palsy, scoliosis, is blind and is fed through a tube while Claudia has Down syndrome and arthritis in her legs and arms.
Mr Coulson said it was made clear by the department that their age was the black mark against them.
“We don’t understand, after we have proven ourselves, why can’t we at least look after one of the kids in state care?” Mr Coulson said.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Too Old to Adopt?
From an Australian newspaper: