The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 24, 1968 · Page 14
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 14

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 24, 1968
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E2 Pthn Beach Post-Tlmea, Sunday, Sat. 14. 153 i Door Only .Ajar Here To Single- Parent Adoptions Even though there is the willingness to consider single person applications, an unmarried person in Palm Beach County will still find it bard to adopt a chill Simply, the two-parent tradition is hard to die. especially Important fa tha child's formative years, psychologists say. Other considerations include: is there a psychological reason why the single person has not married? Does this person comprehend the responsibilities of parenthood? adverse effect on the child. The main concern is exposure of the child to both sexes. Would an unmarried woman be able to provide, perhaps through friends, relatives, and such a father image for her child?' The same applies to a man the mother image is ores, there are less than 200 single adoptive parents, compared to more than one million homeless children waiting to be loved. The majority of agencies still cling to the two-parent adoptions because they feel a single parent would have an end his new father shortly after the adoption was finalized 'and the child had shown, in .just a short time, considerable progress and improvement in his whole character. Vedric said that in the past year be has received several calls from unmarried West Palm Beach women who were" inquiring about adopting $ child. "Although we expressed a i , definite willingness to consider their applications, none of the callers. followed through," Vedric said. According to national fig- OUCBZJD stereos stay home or go out SPORTAROVT PORTABLE Don't spend a fortune for stereo. Hits snappy looking, stereo provides music from two separate speaker enclosures. Wide separation between channels assures exciting dimensional sound. 49" no down payment, uit $5 month By CAROLE ANN FINK LEA Staff Writer Although the traditional barriers are beginning to show some. cracks, the single person man or woman who wants to adopt a child In the Palm Beaches still finds that two-parent families are the adoption agencies' first choice. Three years ago, a single person seeking to adopt a child could not hope to find a welcome mat at a local adoption agency. Today there is hope, although major U.S. cities, where the number of homeless children far exceeds the number of potential two-parent adopters, seem to be the only places where the barriers are beginning to weaken. West Palm Beach apparently does not suffer from a lack of potential adopters. According to reports from the Palm Beach County Child Welfare . Bureau, there are only 20 children ready for adoption this month. The apparently sufficient supply in the county of two-parent families seeking children through adoption has put a curb on consideration of single-parent applicants at the Children's Home Society of Florida office in West Palm Beach. At the present time the society does not consider applications from single persons, according to Frank Bethany, adoption division director. "It's just not a general practice," he said. "There has not been a lack of two-parent families in our area, and at the present time there is no necessity for us to grant adoption to a single person." Bethany admitted that if the supply of two-parent families wishing to adopt children should reach a critical shortage, then adoption through his agency by single persons might be available. He said that single-parent adoptions possibly would be open for the "hard-to-place" child, one with a racial, emo tional or physical handicap or one that was too old to fill the "cute, tiny baby" requirement of many parents. Bethany commented that the idea of single persons adopting children is "still in the experimental stages in larger cities." He said the country's largest adoption bureau, located in Los Angeles, bas placed perhaps only a half dozen children with unmarried persons. The door to adoption by a single person, either man or woman, is open a little wider at the Catholic Welfare Bureau, also in West Palm Beach. The agency "definitely would entertain an adoption application from a single person," Bill H. Vendric, assistant executive director in charge of adoptions-, said. He was quick; to add that willingness to interview such an applicant did not mean that the single person would be accepted. "Our main concern is still the right family for the right child, not vice-versa." The unmarried applicant would, just as any other applicant, be subject to extensive investigation to find the right combination of child and parent. Vedric pointed out that single-person adoption is not new .to the Catholic Welfare Bureau. A -little over a year ago, the adoption by a male of a child, handicapped by a speech defect and cleft palate was finalized. He explained, however, that this case was perhaps more unusual than , a regular adoption. The child was one of the "hard-to- place" because of his handicap. The unmarried applicant was a registered male nurse who lived at home with his parents. The agency decided this situation was right for the child. Not only would the child have medical supervision, but be would also have a mother image in his new grandmother and would have two fathers! Vedric said he saw the child "'Y ' j Zy" ' i Sj.- " " - - ' r JT MODULAR LOOK STEREO Place main unit on table or short , , . then place duo cone speakers anywhere in room for maximum sound enjoyment. 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