Is Elton John joining the celebrity adoption band-wagon?
- Australia's Adoption Crisis - with Deborra-Lee Furness
- High Court Puts Off Madonna Appeal
- Yanukovych proposed to introduce international norms in adoption law, says Pavlenko
- Northern Chiefs call for an end to adoption practices
- Madonna's Controversial Adoptions
- Charity urges caution over Elton John 'adoption plan'
- Elton 'cannot adopt in Ukraine'
Word is out 62 year old living music legend Elton John and his husband "would love" to adopt a 14-month old boy from Ukraine. Apparently the HIV positive child living in an orphanage won the hearts of both Elton and David and even managed to change the star's mind about adoption. [According to news reports, in the the past, the famous musician did not feel his lifestyle of frequent traveling would be fair for a child.]
So... adopting a baby-boy would make the estate a home, especially since Elton seems to be feeling a little off-key.
Elton added that a child could help fill the gap in his life left by the recent death of his long-term keyboardist, Guy Babylon.
“Last week I lost one of my best friends,” he said of Guy, who died of a heart attack at the age of 52. “It broke my heart because he was such a genius and so young and has two wonderful children. What better opportunity to replace someone I lost than to replace him with someone I can give a future to.”
Will the adoption take place? That depends on many factors, including.... does Ukraine have an age-requirement for PAP's, and will this rule be honored? In one report, it states in Ukraine, there must not be more than 45-years age difference between a child and its adoptive parents... and yet another source claims no such age-requirements exist.
One of the reasons many choose international adoption is that some countries have liberal age limits. Older persons, who may find domestic adoption presents too many hurdles due to the age factor, often turn to countries like Mexico, Russia, or Greece where the upper age limit is 60. Other countries, like Ukraine and Venezuela, have no statutory age limit; however, prospective adoptive parents are interviewed and their abilities to parent evaluated.
In any case, one has to wonder just how much international adoption laws, rules and requirements really matter, given Madonna's history (and celebrity "influence") in Malawi.