Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas on April 3, 1975 · Page 9
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Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas · Page 9

Lubbock, Texas
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Thursday, April 3, 1975
Page 9
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AVALANCHE.JOURNAL-Thursday Morning. April 3. 1975 U.S. Couples 'Plans To Adopt VietOrph r3S N ?JPL ( ^rl ~'L om " l think w ?' re beginning to Children. ' American homes. A™,,™ ^ rv n c.,,^^,« ..... (UPI) — Tom Crawford and his wife, Terry, watch television news every night with a nagging feat- tlui't the infnnt Vietnamese boy they intended to adopt may never he brought safely out of Saigon. The Crawfords, who have nothing but a L x 1 inch photograph of the boy, are one of hundreds of American couples whose adoption plans have been jcopardi/ed by the Communist offensive in '.South Vietnam. "I think we're beginning to prepare ourselves that the child might not get out of Vietnam," Crawford said Wednesday in a telephone 'interview from his home in Livermore, Calif. But U.S. government officials handling refugee matters still lielieve tiie Vietnamese orphans can be evacuated, despite the cancellation Wednesday of a World Airways car;;o flight thai was to have brought out 458 orphans for a Denver adoption cy known as Friends of All Children. "\Vc have been assured by •the embassy that if it is done in an orderly way there will be no problems," said Jerry Tinker, a staff member on the refugee subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Tinker's optimism was shared by Bernard Salvo of the •Slate Department, who estimated that a total of seven adoption agencies have as many as 2,000 Vietnamese children ready to bring (o homes. Salvo, who talked with U.S. embassy personnel in Saigon Wednesday, said the State Department has set. • up a special center to handle the emergency situation. He added he received more than 100 telephone <;alls Tuesday on behalf of Americans awaiting adopted children from Vietnam. "Women here arc panicky," Tinker added. "We've been deluged with calls." Salvo said the Holt Adoption Agency of Creswell, Ore., has received permission from the South Vietnamese government to evacuate 365 orphans about April II). He said Holt was trying to charter a Boeing 747. The Crawfords, who began the adoption process about a year ago, were offered their child just two weeks ago. The child, a mixed black-Vietnamese boy about 15 months old, i.s> being handled by the Friends of Children of Vietnam, another Denver agency. "Our child is in a foster home in Saigon, someplace," Crawford said. "We are afraid if the moves come fast, they'll get the kids out of the orphanages but those kids in foster homes scattered around won't get picked up." Crawford, who taught for the Peace -Corps in South , Korea, has twc sons by a previous marriage. 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