Vegetarians Refused For Adoption

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Emily - posted on 03/14/2011

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It's not surprising at all. I don't believe that being a vegetarian has anything to do with it though. The state gets money allocated per child they have in their care. If the child gets adopted, then they don't get that money. This makes them reluctant to allow anyone to adopt. I have seen parents rejected for many reasons, none of which were any good. The family would be moving soon. They were Christians. They had several children already. They home-schooled. They were overweight. You name it. Are these any reason someone wouldn't be a good parent?

Merry - posted on 03/13/2011

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That's awful.
Vegetarian does not equal unhealthy.
I have seen some vegetarians who are super unhealthy, like they don't eat any veggies or fruits or whole grains!
But that's not every vegetarian.
The only thing I can say on the other side of this is if the child maybe had an eating disorder in which they couldn't tolerate certain foods. Like if the child has a gag reflex that makes it hard to eat some foods so their diet has to include alot of meats. Idk. I thought everyone knew meat should be eaten sparingly anyways.
Meat isn't exactly a healthy food, it can be ok but it's not exactly ideal nutrients!
If your idea of vegetarian means just eating bunches of white carb foods and simple sugars then yeah you aren't going to be healthy. But if you are eating nuts beans veggies fruits whole grains etc then your diet is likely better then most people!
Eat like the great apes, that's the best diet right!

Jocelyn - posted on 03/13/2011

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Oh for fucks sake. Now vegetarians shouldn't have kids?
*headdesk*
What's next; no kosher parents?

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Rosie - posted on 03/14/2011

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better start taking away all the kids with vegetarian parents too while we're at it!! jocelyn, sarah, mary elizabeth, marina, julianne you all need to give up your right to have kids....

FFS this is one of the stupidest things i've heard.

Tracey - posted on 03/14/2011

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IN UK recently a christian couple were refused as adoptive parents becayse their views might be homophobic.

Alyssa - posted on 03/13/2011

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""Greece has one of the lowest birth rates in the European Union. Strict procedures covering adoption in the country often force couples to seek other options, such as adopting children sold by migrant gangs""

That's disgusting....lets make it so hard to adopt so people have to BUY children from human traffickers...because being vegetarian is comparable to that!!!! FFS

Alyssa - posted on 03/13/2011

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I'm glad we agree here! It's interesting that the same professionals who recommended to the adoption agency that children need meat in their diet support the parents being able to adopt. They said they understand that because the parents are vego doesn't necessarily mean the child will be raised vegetarian. So why the hell is this agency taking the extreme stance....fair enough this is in Greece but it could set a precedent elsewhere

Lacye - posted on 03/13/2011

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That is nuking futs! Just because a person makes a personal choice to be a vegetarian should not stop them from being good parents. I know a person that is a vegan and she is the best mom that I have seen.

Johnny - posted on 03/13/2011

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That's crazy. I would not choose to raise my child as a vegetarian, but I know plenty of people who have. And their children are very healthy and get all the necessary nutrients for good growth & development. I think this decision is very sad.

ME - posted on 03/13/2011

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Absolutely not...though I have a problem with parents who force their personal decisions on their children, it's not a reason to refuse them the chance at adoption. There are so many unwanted children in this world, I would think that vegetarian parents would be better than no parents...

Christina - posted on 03/13/2011

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I believe that they should not be refused for adoption! However, I do believe that your entire lifestyle, including religion, vegan/vegetarian/meat eating choices, parenting styles (crunchy, old fashion, ect) should be disclosed to the birth mother. Birth moms have the right to know exactly what type of life they are giving their child when they place them for adoption.

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Eat like the great apes, that's the best diet right!

That is exactaly what i do. The only great ape that hunts is the chimp. The rest are herbivores.

Lucy - posted on 03/13/2011

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This is ridiculous, whether the couple were planning to bring their child up vegetarian or not!

It is not essential for a child to eat meat, fish or dairy, as long as the key nutrients in each of those foods is provided by another- Which is perfectly possible. If the authority's knowledge of nutrition is so limited that they believe calcium, zinc etc, can only be provided by dairy, and protein, iron etc, can only be provided by meat, then they are the ones who should be under scrutiny!

Both my kids (3 and 4) have been vegetarian since birth, and are as fit as fleas. Now my eldest has a good understanding of where food (including meat) comes from, she is given the choice if we are at a party, restaurant etc where meat is available, if she wishes to try it. I will not at any point be providing meat at home, and so far Ivy has chosen to be veggie, but I accept that it may not always be that way.

Like all parents, we have to make the decisions we feel are best for our kids until they can make those informed decisions for themselves. If that makes me an unfit parent, then I'll have to hold my hands up!

Katherine - posted on 03/13/2011

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That's the most insane thing I've heard in a while. As long as the child is getting the nutrition, what's the problem?????

Merry - posted on 03/13/2011

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Julianne, could you send me a pm with some healthy food ideas for toddlers? Eric has a hard time eating veggies cuz they are hard to chew, but if I cook them he doesn't like the texture, any advise on how to help him eat better foods?

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thats the stupidest thing i ever heard. Not eating animal does not make you less healthy. Gabby has been a vegan since birth and she is extremely healthy. i do get both of our levels checked on a regular basis because of stupid doctors requests, we are not lacking in anything. In fact, our levels are high.So we get more nutrition than the average person.

April - posted on 03/12/2011

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I understand the social welfares concern for the child not eating meat, fish etc. Being a vegetarian is a personal choice and they may be afraid the child will be deprived of all that. But who's to say the couple will impose their views on the child? It's so hard to adopt a child i wouldn't be surprised if this couple did everything in their power to make this child happy.



They should be more concerned about the couples character and background rather than on their personal preference when it comes to food though. The child needs a loving home, that's what's important.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/12/2011

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A couple wants to provide a loving home for a child, and people are now being refused for this? Oh man...this is bad.

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