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F-rktay. Feb. 15, 1963 Second Sedlon CAN WE ADOPT? QuEsTIONS ,AND ANSWERS:r Q. Is there more hope today for the couple who wants to adopt a baby? A. Yes, because there are: 1. More babies than ever available for adop- tion. 2. Fewer applications from prospective adoptive parents. Q. Why are there more babies? A. The increase can be attruted in part to the large number of "wartime babies" who now are of child-bearing age. Q. Why are there fewer couples seeking to adopt children? A. Adoptive parents usually are in their late twenties or early thirties. People currently in this age range were born during depres- sion years when the nation experienced a lower-than-normal birth rate. Q. If here are fewer applicants, does this mean adoption standards will be lowered? A. Definitely notI The adoption agencies STILL are concerned with proper placement of chil- dren with well-qualified prospective parents. Q. What kind of family has thebest chance of getting a child?. A. Those who can provide stable loving homes. It is as simple as that. Our agency's purpose is to provide children with loving parents. lllilllllllllllllllllnllllllnlllllUl| Catholic Children's Services 410 Marion Seattle 4. Washington Dear Fefher 4uebe: We are |nteresfec} ;e being fosl'r parerlh al)d would like more informafion. Mr. & Mrs .................................... Address ...................................... City ............................. Zone ...... Illlllillllllllllllll Ill Cathol'm Northwest Progress--7 Q. Is there a fee for adopting a child? A. No. Families may make a contribution if they wish. Q. How does the agency decide if a couple qualifies? A. The decision is made after careful evalua- tion of the couple is done through inter- views with a trained caseworker, medical reports from family physidan and personal references. Q. What help is provided the family after the child is placed in the home? A. The agency helps with whatever adjustment problems may arise. It also assists the fam- ily and its attorney in completing the child's adoption in the court. - Q. How long does adoption take? A. tYwcumstances may vary, but most adoptive families receive children today in less than seven months, MYTHS VERSUS FACTS: Myth 1: "Wecan't adopt a baby because of our age." FACT: Myth 2: FACT: Myth 3: FACT: Myth 4: FACT: Myth 5: FACT: Myth 6: FACT: Myth 7: FACT: There is no specific age barrier to adoptions except for infants. These requirements are not as restricting as many people believe. "We already have children (natural or adopted) so we can't adopt any more." Not true. Many parents desire larger families and turn with success to adop- tion agencies. The well-being, f young- sters is the prime consideration, not the size of adoptive family. "We don't make enough money." A good home is not measured by the amount of income, but on how well the money is handled. Many adoptive homes would be childless today ff the amount of income were a major con- sideration. "We would have to own our home." It's not necessary to own your home, but you should provide comfortable living arrangements for the child you adopt. "We must provide medical proof of our inability to have natural children." No. Agencies accept many couples whose doctors can fizad no reason for their inability to have children. "We don't get to choose our child." Each prospective parent is encouraged to express a preference. When the agency suggests a child, the final de- cision is up to the parent. "Adoption agencies purposely delay the placement of babies." Not so. The agencies' responsibility is to place children with loving parents as quickly as possible. If there is delay, it is tmually due to legal complica- tions or tim need for more medical evaluation. CAN WE BECOME FOSTER PARENTS? What are foster parents? They are couples who voluntarily assume responsibility for full-time temporary care of children, who are not related to them. These are children separated for a time from their own families. They are under supervision in this case, of Catholi Children's Services. How many faster parents are needed? AT LEAST once and a half times the num- ber of children under care at any one momenL The number of foster homes has been ap- proximately 375. At least 475 homes are re- quired to provide the exactly appropriate homes for this number of children, who are as individ- ual as your own children. are the qualifications far feslmr pueals? --A valid, Catholic mamriege m Sound physical -- Sound mental --Financial a --Enough sp'e "i Iflhe home h Genuine lave of chihtrea flmt is the gcealust meed Homes for  ehiktre and for children of minority gxcml Catholic Childlwmn'lr, mmulees 410 Marioa Seattle 4, Waddmjmm Dear Father IdUeke: We are infer.steel ;n e|eg-fosfer parents and would like more ;nfarmathtm. Mr. & Mrs." ................................... t(res e ** e. eee e m ee.. ee e a o.o ee4e e ae o am le City .......... , ..................... 7a ...... Hew Iomj  the children stay? As long as care away from their own parents is necessary; generally a short period; sometimes indefinitely. Must both Parents be Catholic? ,i,)0.e parent mtmt be a 'practical Catholic, assuring What will it cost us to be foster parents? Mostly love. The agency tries to defray most of the financial cost of the children's care. Wky should I be a foster parent? ,use .Gd  enus  i!dren, sos ie'S, to each us as well as  all of us.