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October 13, 2006, 1:22 am
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So another celebrity has jumped on the ‘adopt an African child’ bandwagon!  Hell, it’s fast becoming more fashionable than a Louis Vuitton handbag!!

This time it’s Madonna who has ‘signed up’ … and though her husband apparently expressed concerns as to her reasons for doing it  – you can’t help but say that in the big scheme of things, it’s great.

Not only does a kid get an opportunity to turn the potential of their life into a reality … but it also promotes greater racial harmony to the trash-mag buying public.

Infact, the only thing that pisses me off is that these celebrities can seemingly go out on a whim and ‘get a child’ … when loads of Mr and Mrs Averages spend years circumnavigating red-tape and jumping through hoops without any guarantee of success.

Some friends of mine have been trying to adopt for years … they are both successful, loving, kind, intelligent, decent people and yet, for reasons of ‘age’, they have been turned down time and time again.

It makes no sense … they’re not that old [45?] they’re in a very stable relationship and they really, really want a child… any child … yet the adoption department deems them inappropriate for parenthood.

I just can’t imagine how much that must hurt them … especially when people like single parent Meg Ryan [45] qualifies, lesbian Rosie O’ Donnell [42] qualifies and now, Madonna – a 48 year old singer who continually travels the World and is a follower of religious ‘cult’ Kabbalah – qualifies.

There’s a complete lack of consistency in adoption agencies criteria for parental approval – and given we’re talking about young kids lives [and older peoples’ desperation to have a ‘family’] , it makes me sick.

Fame can buy alot of things – but that shouldn’t mean you are able to buy ‘instant parental approval’ … especially as I could argue that being famous increases the probability of becoming an inappropriate parental candidate. 

Look, adoption is a truly wonderful thing – and ultimately, what Madonna has done [whatever the reasons] is fantastic … I just wish the path to bringing home a child was as easy for the ‘everyday men and women’ as it seemingly is for the famous. 

Is it any wonder that so many people are doing everything in their power for their 15 minutes of fame when the ‘benefits’ now even extend to your ability to ‘have children’. Now that’s real brand power!

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