Elton John and David Furnish will continue to try adoption

Elton John and David Furnish were devastated when they weren’t allowed to adopt an HIV-positive Ukrainian toddler. But the famous couple reveals they continue to hope for adoption in the near future.

This via Fametastic:

“Although Ukrainian law stopped them from becoming parents, the 47-year-old star [Furnish] has revealed the couple will try again.”

2/8/2009
Elton John will support Ukrainian boy he can’t adopt

Elton John’s partner – David Furnsih – told the AP the musician plans to support the boy anyway.

The 62-year-old pop star met 14-month-old Lev at a home for HIV-positive children in September. But he was refused permission to adopt the boy because he was too old and not married.

John’s partner David Furnish said Tuesday the couple was “massively gutted” by the rejection.

Furnish told BBC radio they were working to ensure Lev and his brother “have the best health care, education and family options available to them.”

10/5/2009
Elton John and David Furnish look to Africa for adoption

Banned from adopting a 14-month-old boy by the government in Ukraine, Sir Elton John has extended his search for a child. The musician’s civil partner, David Furnish, says that the couple have considered adopting a boy in Africa.

The Telegraph’s Richard Eden reports: “‘We were in Africa for the [Sir Elton John] Aids Foundation and met a boy, and immediately thought about adopting him,’ the film producer (Furnish) disclosed at the launch of Stephen Calloway’s book Gosling: Classic Design for Contemporary Interiors, at the Ritz…’When we found out he had a maternal grandmother, and brother and sister, we realised it wouldn’t be the right thing to take him away from the family he had there,’ he told me.”

According to reports, John and Furnish were hoping to adopt a Ukrainian orphan, but were turned away because of agism and homophobia. The child was taken away by social workers from his impoverished alcoholic birthmother.

9/16/2009
Orthodox Church in Ukraine calls Elton John a ‘sinner’ in adoption inquiry

If anyone cares, Spokesman Father Georgy Gulyaev of the Donetsk Diocese of the Orthodox Church said this about Elton John and his gay brothers and sisters:

“People pretend to have good intentions, create semi-marriages and so-called families, and moreover they dare to adopt children. Unlike people who are blessed by God to create natural families, these are people who succumb to their passions.

“This is definitely a sin, there is no other word for it, and the church will never agree that people who have created same-sex “marriage” could also dare to adopt children.”

9/15/2009
Ukraine government: Elton John can’t adopt because he’s too old and isn’t married

Elton John won’t be able to adopt a 14-month-old HIV-positive child from Ukraine because the pop star is too old and isn’t married, The AP reports the government said today.

The singer is 62 and Ukrainian law requires a parent to be no more than 45 years older than an adopted child. John and partner David Furnish [pictured] registered as partners in 2005 in one of the first legalised civil unions in Britain, but Ukraine does not recognise gay unions as marriage.

9/13/2009
Elton John and David Furnish want to adopt Ukrainian baby

Elton John and longtime partner David Furnish [pictured] want to adopt a 14-month-old boy from an orphanage in the east of Ukrainia.

Elton John’s AIDS Foundation collaborates with the Ukrainian Anti-AIDS Foundation of Olena Franchuk, daughter of former President Leonid Kuchma.

Recently, he performed ‘Circle of Life’ for children at the orphanage – some there because their parents had died of AIDS. Later he and partner David, who had a 14-month boy called Lev on his knee, were asked whether they thought of adopting.

“David and I have always talked about adoption,” Elton John replied. “David always wanted to adopt a child and I always said ‘no’ because I am 62 and I think because of the traveling I do and the life I have, maybe it wouldn’t be fair for the child.”

“But having seen Lev today, I would love to adopt him. I don’t know how we do that but he has stolen my heart. And he has stolen David’s heart and it would be wonderful if we can have a home. I’ve changed my mind today,” he said.

John said the death of his long-term keyboardist, Guy Babylon, had also helped change his mind.

“Last week I lost one of my best friends … It broke my heart because he was such a genius and so young and has two wonderful children. What better opportunity to replace someone I lost than to replace him with someone I can give a future to.”

One thought on “Elton John and David Furnish will continue to try adoption

  • September 14, 2009 at 8:53 am
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    Elton John says of Lev “he has stolen my heart” – Suppose Lev, as an adult, doesn’t feel that way too? Lev is at the centre of this story, but has no say in its long-term unfolding.

    Children stealing adults’ hearts and other mushiness (think Madonna and how she was “in love” Mercy) does not allow the adoptee much emotional language of their own. But the likelihood is that they will want to go back to their place of birth.

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