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If my husband and I want to adopt a child that is deaf but do not know sign language will a social worker not consider us to be fit parents for the child? We are more than willing to learn and to accommodate our lives to the child and their disability.
I don't think that your not knowing sign language would be an absolute barrier, in terms of getting approval from a social worker, but there are lots of things to consider in adopting a deaf child.
There's a great website out there called "Signs for Hope" that advocates for the adoption of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The owner of the site wrote an article about this very topic . . . it's got some great points to consider. http://signsforhope.org/resources/deafadoption
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