Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Fat and ugly can’t adopt from China: New regs block would-be parents

If you're fat, China doesn't want you, but let's keep all their abusive practices quiet while we make some big baseball bucks.
  • 'Effective May 1, new rules China has approved on foreign adoptions will exclude a wide variety of prospective parents, including people who are unmarried, obese or over 50; people who have a facial deformity; and people who take antidepressants.
Under the new rules, couples who wish to adopt must have been married for at least two years. Applicants also must have a body mass index - a measure of body fat - of no more than 40, and be between the ages of 29 and 51, with people up to age 55 considered for children with special needs.
  • And although the United States is the top destination for adopted Chinese children, the number going elsewhere is rising, allowing the Chinese government to be more selective and increasing the time applicants have to wait from an average of six months in 2005 to as long as 15 months now.
Many Chinese children adopted abroad are girls who are given up by couples who, bound by rules that limit most urban families to one child, want to try for a son.' Article from the Boston Herald, 12/20/06, by Marie Szaniszlo

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