China announced yesterday it is tightening its adoption rules for foreigners. Starting May 1, the following groups of people will not be allowed to take home a Chinese child:
- On anti-depressants
We want to be clear we are in no way insinuating that Harvey Fierstein (pictured) is disfigured or on anti-depressants.
China also doesn’t want “elderly” people adopting — those who are 50 or older will be given “last priority.”
From the AP:
The new rules … appeared designed to ensure that Chinese infants end up in healthy, traditional families when they are adopted by people from the United States, Europe and elsewhere, said Xing Kaimin, who leads the department that approves adoptions at the China Center of Adoption Affairs.
In addition, Xing said, the pool of children for adoption has not kept pace with the demand from overseas. “We also have to take into consideration as a first priority the Chinese families that want to adopt,” he said.
The story also says that divorced applicants or those who have had their marriage annulled must wait five years after getting remarried to adopt. First-time married couples must wait two years. The body mass indexes of both parents must be lower than 40, which the story defines as “morbidly obese” — so maybe Harvey is only disqualified on two accounts.