Good Sports: YOUNGEST SINGLE ADOPTIVE DAD
It’s rare to find a twenty-something bachelor in India who’s willing to adopt a child, even rarer to find one who’s willing to adopt a child with a disability.
Pune-based software engineer Aditya Tiwari, 28, is the rare man who was so eager to adopt a child with Down’s syndrome that he petitioned the Indian government to change the country’s adoption laws to allow unmarried men under 30 to adopt children. The minimum age was dropped to 25 last August, and a few months later, Tiwari adopted a boy name Binney from an orphanage in Indore.
Tiwari had met Binney while distributing sweets at the orphanage in 2014. He learned that the boy had been given up by his biological parents and was not likely to be adopted by anyone else.
Binney now has a loving father who understands the patience required to raise a child with a mental disability.
“I know my son’s mental growth will be slow but unlike his biological parents, I won’t give up,” he told Indian Express. “The doctor says if Binney is around children, it will be better for him. Thankfully, there is a daycare in the office building, where I plan to keep him.”
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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