Article by Fabafterfifty
Is it good news for Empty-Nesters and a triumph over ageism asover-45s are cleared to adopt?
Children’s minister Tim Laughton is quoted in today’s SundayTimes as saying ‘empty-nesters’ in their late forties and fifties should be welcomed by adoption panels.
Recognising the excellent parenting skills more mature people have acquired in bring up their own
children, he argues that they could offer a much needed lifeline to older
children remaining in local authority care. Consequently adoption guidelines have been reissued to ensure that age should not be a barrier to offering a child in need a loving home.
It would appear to be triumph of common sense over political correctness.
It’s not clear from the statement if the guidelines apply to childless individuals or only those who have already had children. Nor is it clear if the revised guideline is only applicable in the case of adopting older children. I have two childless friends who were told
they were too old in their forties to adopt , one in Canada and one in the UK, both successfully adopted children from China and have provided these children with loving family homes. Whether either would have considered adopting an older child I’m not too sure.
How many women would consider adopting a child once their own had fled the nest? Would you? Could you?
An interesting thought, and one which is now potentially a real option