After finding out that Hall and his wife Charlotte could not bear their own children, they wanted to adopt. But that dream came to a screeching halt when officials told Mr. Hall that he would have to lose weight because his risk of dying or becoming ill was too high.
Officials ruled the couple are not suitable because he weighs 24-and-a-half stone (343 pounds) and has a body mass index (BMI) of more than 42, classifying him as very obese.
Needless to say, the couple is perplexed.
“You’ve got a child in care who’s going to get up tomorrow not knowing where it’s going and we’re here ready to take a child on,” Mrs. Hall said. “They seem to be saying it’s better for them to be in care and being shoved from pillar to post just in case Damien dies.”
The Leeds City Council wrote, “We will require Mr. Hall to have a further medical [exam] in six months which will be considered by our medical adviser. The Adoption Panel is unlikely to approve applicants with a BMI over 40 because of the long-term health risks.”
Their application is not dead, and they have been given “advice” on how to make it happen.
According to the Daily Mail, there are 4,000 children in England and Wales waiting to be adopted. How on Earth this agency thinks they are better off in an orphanage than in a loving household is beyond me.
January 16th, 2009