Discrimination Alert: Ruth Ann Box Responds to Ethiopian Orphanage's Refusal to Adopt to Single Parents

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Ruth Ann Box, a single mother and adoption advocate, defends the ability of single parents to raise adopted children after an Ethiopian orphanage announces that it will only accept couples.

In the world of adoption, the line between discernment and discrimination is paper thin. The debate over adoption to single and gay parents has made this line even more difficult to understand, as some adoption agencies have implemented policies that tread dangerously close to discrimination. An Ethiopian orphanage recently decided to stop all adoptions to single parents. Some single parents, like Ruth Ann Box, are railing against this decision.

Ruth Ann Box, a single mother who adopted a 10 month old from Guatemala when her first son was 14 years old, is well aware of the judgment that can be cast upon non-traditional parents. Despite the skepticism of some, Ruth Ann Box has been able to provide a stable, happy, and healthy home for her children as a single parent. While many people view the traditional familial unit, which encompasses two parents and their children, as superior in terms of the resources that it can provide, single parents across the country have defied the discriminatory idea that they cannot effectively parent alone.

The recent decision of an Ethiopian orphanage supports this discriminatory idea, as it has recently closed its doors to singles hoping to adopt. TimesofMalta.com reports that this decision is based on religious beliefs. Claudia Calleja, who wrote the article, quotes the orphanage's spokesperson as saying, "Archbishop Paul Cremona 'expressed his opinion with a religious person who is involved in an orphanage in Ethiopia, that it would be preferable for children to be adopted by married couples.'"

Calleja and other journalists, including columnist Alison Bezzina, are questioning whether or not this decision has been made in an effort to prevent homosexual couples from adopting. Maltese law allows for single and homosexual individuals to adopt children, and Calleja reports that Bezzina believes this new policy is the orphanage's way of keeping homosexual couples from completing the adoption process.

Through her experience, Ruth Ann Box has proven that single parents can successfully raise adopted children. Although the process of adoption is challenging to all new parents, Ruth Ann Box believes that single parents should not be discriminated against during the adoption process.


Ruth Ann Box is an active member of her community who adopted her son from Guatemala. As a single parent, she has provided all of the love and resources that her children need to live positive, successful lives. An alumna of the University of Oklahoma, Ruth Ann Box now resides in Colorado with her family.


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