Saturday, June 23, 2007

International Adoption in Australia

A couple of articles from today's Sunday Mail (Australia) that discuss how weight plays a factor in international adoption, and not just from China:

It's no way to measure love
LOOKING at this happy little girl, it's impossible to accuse Tony and Rhondda Dunne of being unfit parents.

But according to Queensland's adoption rules, that's exactly what they are.

Both have Body Mass Index scores of more than 30, which means they are classed as obese, and in the eyes of adoption officials may not be suitable parents.

When the couple adopted Hannah from the Philippines two years ago, Tony was forced to lose 15kg before their application could be processed.


Love goes to waist
OVERWEIGHT couples desperate to adopt are being told they are too fat to make good parents.

Governments in South Korea, Taiwan and China have banned obese couples from adopting because they want "the most stable and harmonious environment" for children.

South Korean and Taiwanese guidelines say couples with a Body Mass Index of 30 are unacceptable.

China recently introduced a similar rule for people with a BMI of 40.

BMI is calculated by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by their height in metres, squared.

All Queenslanders with a BMI of 30 wanting to adopt have tests for cholesterol and diabetes regardless of the country involved.


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