Task Force: Licensing Parents
You have been given the opportunity to design a license for parents that want to adopt children. Your goal is to create a well-detailed license that includes all the important characteristics someone should have before they are allowed to bring a child into their home.
Why Are We Doing This?:
There are various rights children are guaranteed and there is a long history of how those rights came to be. People have often argued whether or not licensing parents might be necessary for children/babies who are put up for adoption to ensure they have responsible and caring guardians. Thus, we challenge you to design a license that can best ensure that a child has an appropriate guardian.
- With your group, try to write out a list of requirements and characteristics a guardian must have in order to have children.
- Is a certain level of education going to be necessary in order to have a child?
- How does your group plan to deal with felonies? If someone has been arrested, will they be given permission to have a child? What kinds of crimes are okay and which are not?
- How many people do there need to be to have a child? Does your license require the presence of two or more guardians?
- What is the age limit for having a child?
- Think through the possible objections about your guidelines that someone could have and how you would answer them.
- Share with the group and see if you can convince them that your license best fits the needs and wants of a potential child.
Things to Keep in Mind:
- You do not have to worry about creating an exhaustive list of requirements.
- Focus on 4-5 important ones that you are prepared to defend.
- Try to be as specific as possible in defining your requirements to avoid confusion.