Wednesday, January 17, 2007

More on the CCAA Rules Changes

U.S. families puzzled by tighter China adoptions
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York lawyer Meg Tolan is the mother of three adopted daughters, all of them from China, but if she wanted to adopt another, she couldn't. Beijing no longer considers her a suitable parent.

Tolan is a single mother and that is one of several new criteria that will rule out parents who want to adopt children from China, along with being overweight, depressed, married less than two years, divorced and remarried less than five years, or over 50.

The restrictions, to be implemented later this year, have led U.S. parents of Chinese children to question whether it is a bid by China, which has experienced rapid economic growth in recent years, to shrug off a perception that it is a poor country that cannot look after its own children.

"If I wanted to have another kid or if I decided that I couldn't I would like that to be my decision and not theirs," said Tolan, who lives in the Bronx borough of New York City and is mother to Hannah, 12, Julia, 9, and Celia, 4.

Memo to Miss Tolan: When China offers you the privilege (not the right) to adopt from their country, ultimately it's ALWAYS their decision. You are only a parent to your daughters because they've allowed you to be.


Blogger Dolores and Shawn said...

Talk about a sense of entitlement! It's incredible what some people say isn't it?

6:30 PM  

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