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6---Cathollc Nie Proqress Snd Sectlon ', Feb. !5, 1963 From Small Beginnings (Continued from Page 3) Patricelli and Mr. and Mrs. 3ohn Hayden. The former takes in eight grade-school boys and girls and the Haydens care for eight high-school age girls. "Many children can't live in a foster home," Miss Weber explained. 'Key have such unpleasant associations of family life that they do better with a small group of youngsters their own age living in what we call 'group homes.' " With the orphanage closed, the task of finding over 100 foster homes fell to the agency. "We were saved by a group of men," Bishop Gill said, "now known as the Assem- bly Club who drummed up contacts, opened doors for us, and literally found our foster homes.'" Headed by Joseph Manning Jr., John Walsh, Alvin Stark and Joseph Michael, the group dedicates itself entirely to the foster parent program. Each year they sponsor a banquet honoring those unselfish couples who, often with children of theix own, take in neglected youngsters. 'hese people are saints," Miss Weber emphasized. 'I'here is no other word for those who open their hearts and homes so willingly to lonely, homesick, often physically or mentally disabled children." From the 62 children who were placed i,n foster homes in 1939 the number rose to over 300 in 1962. The increase in adoptions is also marked with 19 children adopted in 1939 as compared to 122 last year. "'Unfortunately," Miss Weber said, "while our number of adoptive parents remains con- stant, the number of children needing homes i.s spiraling upward all the time. With minor- ity groups, especially Negroes, the number of waiJfing babies is pitifully high. "Where once parents had to walt two or three years," Miss Weber added, "'the wait- ing period has dropped to pexhaps six to nine mouths. For Negro couples the waiting period is even shorter." IkmRI  Lay participation in Catholic Children's Services took a distinct upward swing when Bishop Shaughnessy invited 12 representa- tire Catholics to serve on the Board of Di- rectors of the Catholic Children's Bureau. The first meeting was held March 20, 1945 and Mrs. Charles N. Smith was the first chairman. Among board members who have served through the years, Leo Sullivan and Di'. :Fran- cis Flaherty are charter members, attending every meeting without fail.  Villa Maria Home Begins Another service CCS was able to estab- lish in 1951 was:Villa Maria Home for unwed mothers. There a girl is cared for and may remain as long as necessary following the birth of her baby. Catholic Children's Services is now 25 years old and the number of caseworkers has multiplied almost seven times. All are over-worked, dedicated, selfless people, striv- ing not for material gains, but for the love of the thousands of youngsters who, like the impatient little blonde boy, pass through the doors of 410 Marion looking for Iove and warmth, children who are unabIe to help themselves, but who are deserving of a prop- erly-nurtured Catholic Faith to which the men and women of Catholic Children's Serv- ices have dedicated their lives. i:i ! GATHERED TOGETHER for a rm'e moment are  caseworkers and lerical workers who comprise Catholic Children's Services. With them is Rev. Dennis Muehe, Archdiocesan Director of  Cku.ilhs. The others are Ifro row. from the left') Mary Marenger, Patricia Long, Margaret Hlt  NealOao Kelan Idacmaid, Florence Gallo and Marie Skahan. (Second row) Irene ReloAds,  Canaon. Joan Kawaguchl, Catherine Word. Hendetlm Stephens. Irene Weber, Mary Schorr, Patr|cia Donovan, Anne Cdllas and Janet  (TM row) Lorraine Ropes, Palcia Everlncjham, Doris Shomber, Judith Connor. Joan Lord, Maurq Kelleher, Jane Barline, Melvina Squires, Kay Collon and Vcderia Shearer. (Fourth row1 Will|am McCm-thy, George Marshall, Herbert Denny, Louis Beresovoy, Michael Bannon. Tom Con, or. and Earl Dangelmaier. Genevieve Nelsan and Edea Sales were unable to be present for the picture. Tile Beltran Fami00 (Continued From Page 5) own three children who are now grown, married and rearing children. Regardless of the number, these two parents will be the first recipients of an award, emble- matic of 25 years of dedicated service to foster and adoptive children under the care of Catholic Children's Services. The presentation will be made at the 13th Foster Parents Dinner of the Catholic Children's Services Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Olympic Hotel's Grand Ballroom. Sally and her younger brother, Melchor, were the first of the trans' foster children. She was only I1 in 1940 when she began a new life in the Beltran home at 531- 16th Ave. in Immaculate Parish. Sally is now happily mar- ried in Redmond and tl proud mother of a 17-year-old son. The Beltrans will always be her parents. The feelings of others is similar. Among the children now at home is Albert, I6, a high school sophomore who has been with the Beltrans since he was Ig months old. He uses proudly for his last name, Boltran. Tommy, 10, a fourth grader, has been with the Beltrans since he was 17 days old. He says that Albert is his brother like Jim and Edrie. Jim is the couple's oldest child. Now 30, Jim is the first Filipino to become a Seattle police officer. He has fbce children of his own and lives with his famil'y in St. Paul Parish. Edrie is the Be!trans' third and yougest child. A former O'Dea Stellar football and has- ketball player, Edrie, 20, and his young wife are just getting used to their two-month-old daugh- ter. The second Beltran child is Mary, 25, named after her mother. Mary lives with her husband, Bart Felix, and their three children in St. Teresa Parish. "We opened our door and our hearts first to children of Filipino descent because they were unwanted," Mrs. Beltran s a i d. "We received these children and raised them like our own." Since Sally and Melchor, the racial origins of foster children inthe Beltran home are many and diversified. "I like children," she said. "Maybe it is be- cause I did not have enough of my own." What keeps everyone in tow? Discipline, says both parents. "I have raised all of them like I did my own," the mother said. As for household chores, the older ones do most of the coordinating. All work is rotated from dishwashing, yard work to learning how to iron their own clothes. Mr. Beltran, 61, left his hometown of Faire in the Philippine province of Cagayan and ar- rivd in Seattle in 1925. Finishing a Jesuit high school education in M a n i I a, Mr. Beltran had planned to continue his education in America. The former Maria Abastilla, born 1902 in Baguio in the Mountain Province, c a m e from the Philippines to Seattle in 1929. When she arrived, the future Mrs. Beltran was already a registered nurse. In 1931 she completed her post graduate work in contagion and public health nursing and eaz;r+ed a,bache.lor's degree in nursing rom fliq niversit' Of Wshington. The two were married in Seattle's former Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church on Novem- ber 7, 1931. They have lived in their present home since 1940. Their concern for the welfare of children-- badly needing parents, home and love--have served as an haspiration to others of their own race and interests in caring for God's little ones. In All Corners Of The Archdiocese ATHOLIC Children's Services in Seattle is but one of a network of agencies throughout the Archdiocese operated under Catholic Charities. Each of the agencies has its own staff and board and carries on a full program of child welfare services. In Tacoma the hoard is headed by Mrs. William Johnston. This agency also operates Villa Majella Maternity Home and provides casework service for St. Ann's Home. In Bellingham, Mrs. Fred Farmer ispresi- dent of the board. The agency which covers Skagit and Island Counties is headed by John E. Weckert. Mrs. Stephen Beck is president of the Catholi Children's Bureau in Everett and Thomas J. Donovan beads the agency in Van- couver. Together, these agencies provide child wel- fare service throughout the Archdiocese of Seattle from Canada to Oregon and from the .Cascades to the sea. Last year alone they pro- vided re and_$ery_t oer 1,5. children.