Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on September 12, 1974 · Page 14
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 14

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Thursday, September 12, 1974
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14 ·' Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Thurt, Sept. 12, 1974 FAVITTKVILI.K, ARKANSAS Adopted Persons Push For Access To Records : "NEW YORK (AP) -- Katrina ; ' Maxtonc-Graham is 39 years '' 6Td, the mother of four. She has wealth, a blonde sort of All McGraw beauty, a devoted hus- ' band, wit and intelligence, a Manhattan townhouse, sum! mers in Europe -- or wherever 5, -- and all 'the household help ,' ihe wants; ·' _,.···' } Katrina ' * Maxtone-Gr«ham * was also becoming suicxjal. : She wandered in front of i cars, she w^s terrified of eleva- , tors, she isolated herself from ? her children. She invested* over 13 years o n ' a psychiatrist's ·· couch and $15,000 in legal fees ; in search of her identity. , Katrina was adopted.' '; She grew up as one of three adoptive children of a wealthy , Michigan family. Her adoptive ' parents are now dead. Bui there were shadow memories of 1 another place . . . a piano . . . a ' certain field . . . a woman yelling at her. Katrina wanted desperately to find her real mother, just tc touch her, to see her, to fine out who she really was. It was becoming an obsession. She '. said she didn't cafe-if her moth er turned out to be the pro' verbial 42nd Street lady of t h e night. At least she would know. She also wanted to find the fos ter homes in which she h a t lived until she was adopted al age 3H. She asked for her records -sealed by law since the day her mother signed the papers to give her away, , Katrina · Maxtone-Graham and others involved in a fight to; ·get such records opened maintain that, as adults, they have a constitutional right to know the identity of their natural parents. They say they don't want to intrude on their parents; they just want the truth. More importantly, they say there is a strong psychological need to know one's roots, one's ancestry, the his- tory'of the genes one carries. STRONG FEELINGS The . issue is fought with strong feelings on both sides Some say adoption records are a Pandora's box which, if opened, could rock the entire concept of adoption. How many w o m e n , n o w middle-aged, would fear the child they bore at 16 or 17 -- and perhaps never mentioned to their husbands -- would come knocking at the door? Or, how many women would welcome the chance to look once again upon the child they were forced by circumstances or society to give up,.a baby whom they never 'gave up in their hearts? ·, ; ·' The agency that -handled Kat rina's adoption predictably denied her request for records. In most states, such records can be opened only by a court order. Adoption agencies say the records are 'sealed to protect the confidentiality of the mother, child and the adoptive parents, r Then Katrina discovered the ,doplees . Liberty Movement issociation, (ALMA), founded n 1971 to help the adopted and heir natural parents find each Dther. At last she had found ;omebne sympathetic when she explained she simply wanted he answtr to' a very simple question;J"\Vho am I?" : She took, tfie adoption agency o court. Her'Jpsychialrist testi- icd that she was becoming more i'lirtd. more despondent, hat the court would ; have~ the ilpod of her self-destruction on ts' hands '..'it the ·records ; re matned sealed.-' '·' ' ' '·But the social worker assigned to the case wrote that iatrina "has hostile feelings to- wards her natural mother and a reunion would have a detrimental 'effect on the natural mother and her family." The two sides agreed an investigator would look for the mother and the mother would be "able to choose whether she wanted to see Katrina. Katrina agreed to pay for the search. ; 'But investigators turned up nothing^ , '' ,:· MOTHER FOUND So Katrina · independently hired Tracers Co. of America. It found her mother in seven worfciirg days; KatriiW's . mother was living in Mexico City. She received the first contact -- a telephone call"-- in the middle of "a dinner party. It was long distance [rom New York, and a strange voice asked to speak to Ruth Williams Ketiladzc Jason. The caller, hearing the voices .of the guests, suggested the recipient might wish to take it in another room. A sixth sense told the mother who the caller was. "I hope this is what I think it Is .-.."·were Mrs. Jason's first iyords. "r ; hope; I have found niy,. little''girl," '";.. .V ' · . . ' - .. Ironically,,v Mrs;" Jason..had wrtttenVa letter-the week before to ALMA, which 'is Spanish for s'oul."Their letters -- and the mother and daughter-- would hayq" found each other anyway, and without a court.fight. Car Is Thing Of The Past DETROIT (AP) -- The American-made S3,ODD car is apparently going the way of the Ford Model T. a relic of the past in the United States auto industry. American Motors brought the U.S.-produced $3.000 automobile closer to extinction on Wednesday by announcing that the tentative base price for the 1975 model of its smallest car, Gremlin, is $2,800. the AMC Chairman Roy D. Chapin said final prices on the company's 1975 models would be' announced when they go on sale Nov. 15. The' Chrysler also announced Corp., which tentative 1975 sticker prices on Wednesday, said its lowest-priced product, a compact Plymouth Duster, will carry a 1975-model base price of $3,246. General Motors' Chevrolet Vega will also sell for a base of about $2,800 and the Ford Mo tor Co.'s Pinto is expected to run about the same. Auto industry sources say that the cost to the consumer on these lowest-priced cars from the four U.S. auto makers will now exceed $3.000 in almost every case because ol add-ons for popular options like radios. For example, Ford says those who buy Pintos usually add an average of $300 in options boosting the cost of the car-to about $3.100, excluding man datory charges such as taxes and delivery costs. Last fall, when 1974-mode cars were introduced, a brand new Gremlin could be driven home for about $2,300. The Vega began the model year a $2,237. The basic Pinto was $2, 021 in May 1974.' Price increases during the 1974 model .year boosted the price of the average American auto by more than $400. In the letter, ; Mrs. Jason rote: "Perhaps rny baby, now 9, will never look for me ... Jut please tell other adoptees lat sometimes they are 'relin- uished from love. ·'··._ Mrs. Jason caught the first Jane from Mexico City to meet nd hug the daughter she last aw when the child was two ears old '; arid -calllni-:; another o m a n ' ' M m " * p ' '·' - ? As. 'Rutti -Williams, wanted desperately to keep 'the l)aby 'born, out '(ol. '· wedlock; But t was 1935, and her' family had nsisted that sort of thing was imply not done. It was ar- ·ariged, that. she sign adoption lapcrs at birth. She refused. n stead,' ' she . volunteered for *ork in a Salvation Army hospital to,be,near her daughter. After, three months the baby vas put in foster homes. Ruth Williams'got:pas5es to visit her on Saturdays.'-' ' ; ~ '* ..... One Saturday; 'she went to a home with her white slip of pa- er to visit the daughter she lad named Judith Virginia Wiliams. But the baby wasn't :here. She had been moved once again, to another foster 'ionic. She would have six homes in all. OUT OF LOVE ' "What an awful, awful life for this infant, this lovely little child, to be shunted from one place to another," Mrs. Jason says., So she signed the papers -- out of love, not rejection: -papers that would assure lier daughter a stable home, papers that would assure she vvouk not see her again. . Until the plane from Mexici City landed in the Unitei States. Katrina's case is, still in court. Katrina and her mothe: say they -want the record opened. But the adoption agen cy says no. It says it must pro tect the confidentiality . of thi foster parents. The adoptivi parents -are dead. Almost Nil SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A California prosecutor says the chance Hint former' President Richard M, Nixon could be prosecuted in the Ellsbcrf! break-in case is "almost nil," but still possible. "We have not, of cwir««, eliminated the possibility former President Nixon may have committed a crime in Los Angeles County, particularly in reference to the break-in of Dr. Fielding's office," Los Angeles Dist. Ally. Joseph Busch said on Wednesday. "What nonsense," says Flor ncc Fisher, founder of ALMA Whoever heard of the con identiality of foster parents?" The agency, Children's Aid Society, declines to discuss the ase until after final litigation. Katrina's case is a dramatic me -- and a happy one 1 . On ,the 5lher hund, *' young woman who- lives ' oh Long Island raiked flown her mother recently. The mother, upon tearing the news that her child uid found her,- said: "My god, wish/you had : told me I had erminal cancer instead.":'. The"push to break open the records began more than 20 ears ago when Jean Paton, an idopted child who-successfully ound her 'mother, wrote a book called '.'The Adopted Break Si- ence" and founded an organ- zation. called "Orphan Voyage." NEW IMPETUS In 1971, the movement gained new impetus when Mrs. Fisher nit the following ad in the New York Times: "Adult who was an adopted child desires con;act with other adoptees to ex- chan'ge views on adoptive siuta- ;ion and for mutual assistance in search for natural parents." Mrs. Fisher says more than 8.000 persons have written since she started ALMA, over 1,800 persons have become members. One-third are mothers looking for the babies they gave away. The rest are adopted adults searching for real parents. A handful of adoptive parents have joined to help their adoptive children search. Psychological need to gain the records has not ben established in the courtroom.' The Children's Welfare League, parent organization of some 400 adoption' agencies, says , the agencies may think aboul changing their position if sufficient proof can be established regarding the psychological need of the adoptee. Evelyn ills Phone 443-4591 Heavy-duty mufflers. -GUARANTEED FOR AS LONG AS YOU OWN YOUR CAR 33 Wards has mufflers to fit most U.S. cars. And mechanics to install them quickly and expertly. 10 Reg. 16.98 Only a part of the total exhaust system Wards can offer you. WMOS SWUM Mumn umciMHT LOW-COST INSTALLATION For o» Jong O( you own KM Ear c« which lnitall«d, MofltgeMiry Word will Amlil, q fr M nplo Of mtiit for any Word* SVDTMIM Muffte whiA f 3». f«r any noun. If Montgomery Wool oric ta*y Mafoj Ih. nwrfkr. *»» Irafotl Itw r«plcK»m*nt fra«. 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