Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A special kind of family

I've mentioned the tendency to laud parents of adopted children with disabilities while overlooking biological parents. We are expected to care for our children in any circumstance because, well, we gave birth to them, didn't we?

But sometimes, adoptive parents do deserve the gold medal. Like this Californian couple [article here] who have adopted nine children with disabilities. And I don't mean the light-weight variety like mild CP or hypotonism.

The two women, both retired special education teachers, say they decided to rescue these children who range in age from 16 to 49, from institutionalization. As one explained: "I don't think any children should be without a home and family."


They have gone public because after years of financial stability their situation has turned dire. Without charitable contributions they will lose their specially-equipped house which accommodates all the children's disabilities.

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