Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 4, 1970 · Page 30
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 30

Carroll, Iowa
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Wednesday, November 4, 1970
Page 30
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Private Agencies Handle the Largest Number— Iowans 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 Iowans 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, 1 tions: of 285 adoptions from 2,969 Iowa families were [ Jan. 1 to March 31 of this year, granted court approval to adopt r 187 were handled by private a child. The number in other years was: 2,785 in 1968, 2,833 in 1967, 2.577 in 1966 and 2,193 in 1964. These statistics were on file with the Bureau of Family and Children's Services of the State Department of Social Services. Private agencies handle by far the largest number of adop- agenaes, 79 independently (not by agency), 11 by public agencies, and 8 where the agency or individual was not identified. The 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 the 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 all 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 Ghldren's and Family Service the average age of parents adopting their first child is around 30. The maximum age in PREMIUM* 78 MUD N' SNOW ALL NEW TREAD DESIGN Prices good thru Nov. 14, 1970 This is our Premium Line. 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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 amy other agency in rthe 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 the child is racially mixed. Doctors have their doubts. She doesn't show physical evidence of mixed parentage. Holxman said, "If w« were slightly dishonest we could place her tomorrow as a white child," but he feUt that dishonesty was not the solution. Holzman told prospective families the truth about Cindy. She was placed late 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 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; Hilicrest 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 Moines, with a branch office in Council Bluffs; Caitholic Charities of Dubuque, Dubuque, with branch offices in Cedar Rapids and Waterloo, and Caitholic Charities of Sioux City, with a branch office in Fort Dodge. Private agencies are licensed by the State Board of Social Welfare. According to Raymond V. 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 Dowa. 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 adoption in one of many ways: 1. An unwed mother gives up the child for adoption shortly after the child is born. 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 incapable or unwilling to take care of the child. 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. Nerbe Tiemann's bid for a second four-year term in the 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. With 1,477 of 2,015 precincts counted, Hruska led 157,060 to 147,949. Exon's 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 as in the June Primary. DAVE GREEN County Attorney

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