Disability or illness
Lestino, vice president of public policy and education at the Alexandria, Va.,based National Council For Adoption.
Adoption experts encourage people mulling the process to apply. Here are common considerations: foster parents to Johnathan, 6, and Kevin, 5, in 2011. Eventually they pursued adoption.
“The kids don’t have any idea what our ages are,” she said. Her husband does the same activities with the boys that he did with their older sons, like the Illinois Nation Indian Guides, a bonding program for dads and sons. Their adult children, ages 22, 25 and 26, have welcomed the younger children into the family fold and come to dinner twice each month.
Adoption experts said agencies might be hesitant to place, for example, a baby with a 73-year-old. But the main concern, most emphasized, is whether an applicant can meet a child’s present and future needs. Some agencies might have age limits, but they vary.
At The Cradle, an adoption agency in Evanston, Ill., the FAQ specifies that there is no age limit but age is discussed as part of a home study evaluation, where a conversation might include an applicant’s health, mobility and financial stability. Instead
Adoption experts say health considerations center less on illness and more on what kind of life a parent can provide. If a child has special needs, for example, how attentive can that potential parent be? “If you’re in a wheelchair, are you able to parent a child? Sure, that’s not something that would prevent you from parenting a child,” said Jane Turner, executive director of the Adoption Center of Illinois. In fact, a house already equipped for a wheelchair might be a good fit for a child also in a wheelchair.