Monday, October 24, 2011

No room for adoptive parents!

I was shocked when I got the message below from our local Families with Children from China yahoo group. It is so hard to believe we are in the 21st century and the application for Texas colleges and universities would have such outdated wording and no consideration for the many children who are adopted.
 
I have cut and pasted the actual wordage that appears on their website further below. I hope you will also contact this institution and tell them you expect better for our children.
 
https://www. applytexas. org/adappc/ html/preview12/ sch_2.html

Note from original post - "I was looking at the sample common college application for Texas colleges and noticed that it only asks for information about biological or step parents.
Since my daughter has no information on her biological parents, I guess she will leave this blank and thus qualify for financial aid :)

But seriously, for many teen adoptees, questions about their biological parents raise lots of anxiety. Applying for college is stressful enough without insensitive and incorrect wording on the application adding to it.

Please review the application yourself at the above link, and if you think warranted, please email applytexas@austin. utexas.edu<mailto:applytexas@austin. utexas.edu> with a request that they change the application language to make it easier for adoptees to provide information. It shouldn't be hard to ask for information about legal guardian or parent with whom you live vs "biological" parent.

Please pass on to other adoption email lists. November is Adoption Awareness month - let's make Texas colleges aware of adoptive families."
  1. Biological Father's Information
    OR Deceased
  2. OR Not Applicable
  3. $ .00
    OR No Income
    1. Biological Mother's Information
      OR Deceased
    2. OR Not Applicable
    3. $ .00
      OR No Income
    1. Step Parent's Information
      OR Deceased
    2. OR Not Applicable
    3. $ .00
      OR No Income
    1. If you are living with someone other than a biological or step parent, please provide their information below.
      OR Deceased
    2. OR Not Applicable
    3. $ .00
      OR No Income
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