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Homosexuals losing out in the adoption queue. UPDATED: A growing number of Western homosexuals, singles, and elderly people are experiencing discrimination when wanting to adopt children. Countries with children to adopt often believe these groups to be unsuitable as parents. “Authorities and people in these countries often have a notion that it is best for a child to grow up with wealthy, childless, heterosexual married couples,” Pia Brandsnes, assistant director of Danish adoption agency DanAdopt, tells Kristeligt Dagblad.

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Homosexuals losing out in the adoption queue

Published on Wednesday, 13th April, 2011 at 10:01 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 13th April 2011 at 11:23.

UPDATED: A growing number of Western homosexuals, singles, and elderly people are experiencing discrimination when wanting to adopt children.

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Countries with children to adopt often believe these groups to be unsuitable as parents.

“Authorities and people in these countries often have a notion that it is best for a child to grow up with wealthy, childless, heterosexual married couples,” Pia Brandsnes, assistant director of Danish adoption agency DanAdopt, tells Kristeligt Dagblad.

She says they had a case where a single 45-year-old woman tried to adopt a child from Ethiopia. Danish rules specify a maximum age of 40, but allow exceptions.

Life expectancies are higher in Denmark than Ethiopia, but locals did not understand, according to Ms Brandsnes.

“They asked ‘why should an orphan end up being with a grandmother?’”

Øystein Gudim, General Manager of Norwegian child welfare association Adopsjonsforum, tells Vårt Land he believes cultural differences are to blame.

“Most 45-50-year-olds in Norway would be offended if anybody doubted their vitality. A Danish or Norwegian 45-year-old is quite different to one from Ethiopia, for example. However, single mothers are viewed as being a disgrace in some countries, whilst people in others would believe it is better for a child to have a mother than no parents at all,” he says.

According to Mr Gudim, discussing Northern Europe’s liberal attitudes and views regarding homosexuals and lesbians in some countries “would be completely unthinkable, thus making adoption a non-issue.”



Published on Wednesday, 13th April, 2011 at 10:01 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 13th April 2011 at 11:23.

This post has the following tags: adoption, homosexualsingleparents, elderlyparents, danadopt, adopsjonsforum.





  
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