Blogs over the weekend were all a twitter with the news that Sir Elton John intended to adopt a 14-month-old boy from the Ukraine. John and his partner David Furnish met the HIV positive boy during an AIDS Foundation trip at an orphanage, the boy had lost both his parents to the disease.
Although John had previously stated that parenthood was not in his plans, after meeting the boy he said “Having seen Lev today, I would love to adopt him. I don’t know how we do that but he has stolen my heart. And he has stolen David’s heart and it would be wonderful if we can have a home. I’ve changed my mind today.”
Now he’ll have to change the mind of the Ukrainian government. A family minister there said that their adoption laws prohibit that an adoptive parent can not be over 45 years old (John is 62). Their laws also prohibit unmarried people to adopt and same sex marriages and partnership are not recognized. The family minister stated that “Foreign citizens who are single have no right to adopt children … and the age difference between the adopter and the child cannot be more than 45 years,” Pavlenko said. “The law is the same for everybody: for a president, for a minister, for Elton John.”
Do you think 62 is too old to adopt?