What do you call an unsuitable parent?

April 10th, 2007


A former nanny says she has been refused permission to adopt a child because she is overweight.

Gillian Vose, 42, said social services rejected her application because her weight – she weighs 20 stone (127kg) and is 5ft 3ins (1.6m) tall – meant she would not be able to cope with the child concerned.



This a person with plenty of experience of looking after children and she would have been able to adopt the child if it weren’t for her ‘mobility problem’ – presumably being mobile enough to attend the interview doesn’t count. Looks like the beginning of the end for anyone wishing to adopt and doesn’t have optimal height/mass ratio, a winning smile, flowing blonde hair, bright blue eyes and strong Aryan features.


It’s been pointed out quite rightly that a person has no fundamental ‘right to adopt’, however Local Authorities such as these can remove children from their blood parents, I see it only as a matter of degree from imposing ‘fitness’ criteria solely on potential adoptive parents and extending it to challenge the ability of blood parents to bring up a child.

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