Dis­abil­ity or ill­ness

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - REAL ESTATE -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.