Sunday, October 21, 2007

Labeling Children? Necessary or Incredibly Discriminatory?

Children who have disabilities
which are physical, emotional or mental
also qualify as special needs.
Children who are eight years old and older
are considered special needs
and all African-American children
one year and older
are considered special needs.

Georgia Adoption Law Blog: Adopting in Georgia

Can't help wondering...what you're wondering? Are you as offended by this categorization of children as I am? I understand the underlying basis that leads to this conclusion as necessary for funding purposes and services, but that doesn't make it any less offensive as far as I'm concerned.

Children should not need to be labeled in order to be protected and taken care of. As a society that claims children as important to our future, if not in their own right, we can find alternative means for accounting purposes...for isn't that the real reason we stigmitize children and adults with labels.

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