Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 4, 1970 · Page 12
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Privale Agencies Handle Ihe Largest Number- lowans Want to Adopt More Children Than There Are Available 4By Peggy Bloom (Drake University Journalism Student) (Distributed by Iowa Daily Press Association) DES MOINES — More lowans want to adopt children than there are children for adoption. according to one of the largest private agencies in the state. Iowa Children's and Family Service, among the 12 private ones which operate in Iowa, reports a one-third increase from year to year in the number of couples wishing to adopt children, but a gradual falling off of the number of children available for adoption. A sharp drop, estimated at 25 per cent, has been experienced this year compared with 1969. The number of adoption petitions approved by Iowa judges does not reflect the current situation in number of children : available for adoption. In 1969. 12.969 low a families were • granted court approval to adopt ; a child. The number in other j years was: 2.785 in 19fi8. 2,833 in 11967, 2.577 in 1966 and 2.193 in | 1964. These statistics were on I file with the Bureau of Family | and Children's Services of the j State Department of Social Services. Private agencies handle by far the largest number of adop- tions: of 285 adoptions from Jan. 1 to March 31 of this year. 187 were handled by private agencies. 79 independently (not by agency), 11 by public agencies, and 8 where the agency or individual was not identified. Tire adoption procedure in Iowa generally takes from 8 to 16 months. It most likely will take from four to eight months from the time of application to approval (the time needed for a 12 Times Herald, Carroll, la. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1970 thorough study of ttie family), and another four to eight months before a child is available. The waiting period also depends on the number of children available at that particular time. The average fee for adoption is around $850. The amount charged is the cost of afl services rendered. A majority of families pay the entire amount. Others pay as much as they can afford, depending on their incomes. Some agencies use a sliding fee scale. The less income one has the less money will be needed to adopt a child. At the Children's and Family Service the average age of parents adopting their first child is around 30. The maximum age in PREMIUM* 78 MUD N T SNOW ALL NEW TREAD DESIGN Prices good thru Nov. 14, 1970 # This is our Premium Line. 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Price 24.47 34.97 28.97 31.97 40.47 48.47 31.47 Sale Price 22.95 32.95 26.95 29,95 37.95 45,95 29,95 Fed. Exc. Tax 2.77 3.58 2.96 3.30 4.19 5.00 3.06 Price includes Fed. Excise Tax and Free Mounting thru 16" rims Located in Industrial Pork Area on Highway 30 West Prices Effective thru November 14, 1970 various agencies is from 37 40 depending on the agency. The third largest private agency is the Iowa Children's and Family Service with office; in Ft. Dodge and Des Moines. It placed 148 children In 1969 with 49 of them classified as hard to place. "A hard.to.plac* child is on* that we don't have a permanent home for and we don't foresee such a home in a three-month period," according to Phil Holzman, supervisor of adaptions. Harder to place children may be older, handicapped, racially mixed, or have special needs. Holzman said 'his agency specializes in the older and racially mixed child more than any oth er agency in *he state. Last year his agency placed 28 nonwhite children. At one time, children whose racial background was mixed (part Negro and part Caucasian) were placed exclusively in black homes. Now they may be placed in any home. Cindy was a hard-to-place child. She was born early last spring to a white middle-class mother who insists flhe child is racially mixed. Doctors have their doubts. She doesn't show physical evidence of mixed parentage. Holzman said, "If we were slightly dishonest we could place her tomorrow as a white child," but he fet tihat dishonesty was not the solution. Holzman told prospective families the truth about Cindy. She was placed fete this summer with a family who didnt care if she was racially mixed or not. Roger was born in January of 1969. Roger's mother is white and his father is black. Roger hasn't been placed because he has been a victim of circumstances, said Holzman, adding that some people have a strange notion of what children should look like. Roger was either too light or too dark. He has been an extreme case, but he will be placed after 20 months of waiting. Of the 16 racially mixed children placed by Holzman's agency, 11 were placed in black homes and 5 in white homes; of 11 Indian children adopted, 4 were with Indian or part-Indian families and 7 with white families. One Oriental child also was placed. Agencies have varied methods of deciding who is eligible to adopt a child. Some use general policies for everyone and others judge on the individual case. Requirements vary in area of religion, medical history and income. Since requirements vary, a couple may be rejected by one Hruska Squeaks by in Nebraska; Tiemann Loses OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Roman L. Hruska, a Republican member of the U. S. Senate for 16 years, narrowly staved off an upset by former three-term Democratic Gov. Frank B. Morrison in Tuesday's general election. But Democrat J. J. Exon, in his first bid for elective office, halted Republican Gov. Norbe Tiemann's bid for a second four-year term in fhe Statehouse. President Nixon came to Nebraska last Thursday to pitch for Hruska and the rest of the Republican slate. Hruska's re-election came on a percentage split of 52-48. agency and Accepted by another. Single parents may adopt a child. Usually a minimum income is not required, but the income should be sufficient to meet the extra expenses of another member. The size of the income is not as important as its steadiness and the way it is handled. The 12 private agencies in Iowa fall into four categories: Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and nonsectarian. If you're interested in adopting a child any of the following agencies can help you. The nonsectarian agencies in Iowa are: American Home Finding Association, Ottumwa; Florence Crittenton Home, Sioux City; Hiilcrest Service to Children and Youth, Dubuque, and branches in Atlantic, Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, and Iowa Children's and Family Services in Des Moines and Ft. Dodge. The one Jewish agency in the state is the Jewish Federation of Sioux City, Sioux City. The Protestant agencies are: Christian Home Association, Council Bluffs; Lutheran Home Finding Society, Ft. Dodge, with a branch office in Cedar Rapids, and Lutheran Social Service of Iowa, with branches in Iowa City, Mason City, Sioux City and Waterloo. The Catholic agencies are: Catholic Charities of Davenport, Davenport; Catholic Council for Social Concern, Des M o i n e s, with a branch office in Council Bluffs; Catholic Charities of Dubuque, Dubuque, with branch offices in Cedar Rapids and Waterloo, and CaUholic Charities of Sioux City, with a branch office in Fort Dodge. Private agencies are licensed by the State Board of S o c i a 1 Welfare. According toRaymondV. Sundberg, supervisor of community facilities and licensing section in the state Bureau of Family and Children's Services, a private child-placing agency has never had its license revoked in Iowa. Licenses have to be renewed once a year. The agency's policies, methods and workers are investigated. Private agencies can accept or reject any child legally free for a d o p t i o n or a child who needs only temporary care away from home. A child can become legally free for a d o p t i o n in one of many ways: 1. An unwed mother gives up the chiHd for adop- iion shortly after the child is 3orn. 2. The parents die. 3. The natural parents abandon the child. 4. Natural parents choose to free the child. 5. The courts decide the natural parents are ncapable or unwilling to take care of the child. — _ With 1,477 of 2,015 precincts counted, Hruska led 157,060 to 147,949. Exon'c margin of victory was considerably wider than had been predicted. With 1,460 of the state's 2,015 precincts tallied, the Lincoln businessman and former Democratic national committeeman led 167,479 to 128,050. Hruska, with a superior campaign organization and financing, had been considered a sure bet. He termed his victory "an endorsement of President Nixon's program." Republicans retained Nebraska's three seats in the House of Representatives, electing Charles Thone in the 1st District, John Y. McCollister in the 2nd District and incumbent Rep. Dave Martin in the 3rd District Many Thanks TO THE VOTERS OF CARROLL COUNTY For your votes and support in the election Tuesday, as well at in the June Primary. DAVE GREEN County Attorney

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