There should be an age limit for adoptive parents

77-year old Hall of Fame baseball player Ernie Banks and his wife recently adopted a baby girl. While it’s great that they love children, this is somewhat ridiculous.

How long will it be before they have difficulty taking care of themselves, let alone a child? People should not be allowed to adopt a child unless they are prepared to take care of the child until he or she turns 18.

There are plenty of young would-be parents looking for a child to adopt. Mr. Banks should have left the child to one of them, especially considering that he already has three adult children.

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6 Responses

  1. I have to say that there are many, many “young” older people out there. However I could not agree with you more. This is down right not in the best interest of this child. How sad, How totally sad. Without a doubt (I am assuming of course) this child will have a second set of parents by the time she is 18. Plus what she may have to witness at a young age in inexcusable. Shame on them. Just my opinion of course!
    But shame on them.

  2. Yeah, that’s too old for adopting a kid. The Banks are doing this for their benefit. If they believe they are taking in this child for the child’s welfare they are delusional. At their ages, they could drop dead at any moment. Then the kid will get a bellyful of heartache and another dramatic change when it’s handed over to another couple… if it is lucky enough to get to the point of being adopted before it gets too old. Most people don’t adopt older kids.

  3. I’m astounded. What a selfish act. This couple is bound to pass on prior to the adopted child becoming an adult.

  4. This is one time where I wish I was telepathic, so I could know what on earth they were thinking!

  5. I totally agree with you that it’s ridiculous, and maybe the adoption agency should have rejected their application. But if society passes laws to prohibit elderly couples from adopting, then we might as well have laws prohibiting drug addicts from having sex. Hmm, maybe I’m on to something.

  6. @Bryant: Good point, but if the adoption agency had any common sense, we might not need a new law (kinda like the text messaging while driving…)

    The drug addict law might be a tad bit difficult to enforce…

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