Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 4, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
10 THI ItTHMIDCI Tgtidoy, Jonuery I97J Handicapped up Human race is up By H. J. ANDERSON TORONTO (CP) The world these days may seem to be in a mess and [he people in it cynical about each other but that's not so, says Helen ADen. "If you really want to feel good about she says, "read my mail for a few days. "Your opinion of the human race would be 'way up there." In an average week, more than 30 couples will write Miss Allen seeking to adopt a child. She's had as many as 135 letters in two days. All the writers are seriously inter- ested in offering a home to an unfortunate child. Most of the would-be adopt- ing parents do not restrict their offers to the perfect baby, or even to a baby. They are will- ing to take a grown child or a handicapped child, just to ex- tend a helping hand t some- one less fortunate than them- selves. One woman specifically re- quested a diabetic girl. She felt she had done a good job makmg life normal for her own stricken child and felt her knowledge and experience could benefit another. POLITICS TO KIDS Then there was the couple who adopted an entire family of seven children ranging in age from to 12. "That still staggers said Miss Allen. Through her column, To- day's Child, which runs in 18 daily and 123 weekly news- papers in Ontario, chil- dren have been adopted since ]9W. Of the children adopted in Ontario in 1370, last year for which complete figures are available, about 900 were given homes through the column. It had its inception in tha Toronto Telegram for which Miss Allen worked for 42 years as a general news re- porter, as women's page edi- tor, as a movie critic, a feature writer and as a polit- ical reporter. "That's what I really she said in an inter- view. "I was pretty that my writing was all that hot but I was a pretty good election forecaster." She has received many hon- ors for her work in the adap- tion field. They include a fne- cial citation from John Ro- barts, former Ontario pre- mier, a Mother's Day bouquet of roses from former prime minister Lester Pearson and the Medal of Service of the Order of Canada in 1971. When The Telegram ceased publication last October, the Ontario government took over the column and Miss Allen. She now works for the depart- ment of social and family erviccs. The only tiling that bothered her for a tune in tfie transi- tion was the electric type- writer she now uses hi her seventh-floor office overlook- ing Queen's Park. In 42 years on The Telegram she never had one. "It tooi a bit of getting used she said. So did her seventh-floor win- dow. "When people see me gaz- ing into space they think I'm searching for inspiration. What I'm really doing is look- ing out at the blue sky, the green grass. "In The Tely, there might have been 10 indies of snow during the day and I wouldn't have known about it until I left for home at five o'clock." To her desk daily come pa- thetic stories of children need- ing adoptive homes. Case histo- ries are provided by social workers. Her job is to present the facts of the child to be featured on a given day and look for pictures. Letters re- ceived in response to the col- umn are passed to the depart- ment for further action. Usually she stops there. "I consider adoption a private winy FIRST NEW YEAR FOR QUINTS Mrs Leokadia Rychert, left, watches her quinl- uplets, Adam, Agniesika, Ewa, Roman and Piolr, who were born in May, 1971, on their first New Year's Day in Gdansk, Poland, Saturday. In centre is Mr. Wojtylaon, a Gdansk city official, and ot right is Mrs. Blanks Nikolaiev, godmother of Piotr. there matter, like having your own child. People don't want to be intruded upon. Some I follow up, though, like (he family of seven adopted children. That was a North American record." Some foster parents come back to Miss Allen for other children. "I've had three fam- ilies who adopted twice pre- viously who came back for a third child." KIDS WRITE HER She's also been asked to be godmother to two children found adopted parents through her column. She ac- cepted graciously. Her readership, surveys show, Is as high as that of the love-lorn columns in the pa- pers and that's where the rough, tough newspaper woman with pride in her crait shows. "Children and dogs always get people she says. "I get a great number of letters from Grade 6 to university level. Some write just because they read ths column. Some say that when they grow up they'd like to adopt a child. Others write because they're going to do an essay and they think it would be nice to do an essay on adoption." Miss Allen is realistic as to why she was chosen by The Telegram to write the column in the first place. "I did ths United Appeal, the Salvation Army, you know the stuff. That's why they thought I knew ad about so- cial welfare." Soon it became a fixation. Understanding of a pressing social need developed into ex- pert knowledge of the problem which also has changed with the times. CONDITIONS CHANGE As she sees it: "Families are becoming more and more open and flex- ible about the kind of child they want to be parents for. "It used to be that every- body who was applying for adoption expected a normal and healthy baby with a back- ground more or less similar to their own. "Now there aren't any nor- mal, healthy at least very of the pill and because of abortion and because our standard; have changed a lot. Many un- married mothers are keeping their own babies. "So now if people want to be parents they have to stop thinking of babies who might have been born to them and think of another kind of child. "And that's a child of a dif- ferent race or an older child, maybe a child who is 11 or 12. Children of that age are being adopted and that never used to be the case a few years ago. "This also has presented a challenge to adoration work- ers. They used to be busy finding homes for babies. Same of the older children or the handicapped children were kind of left by the way- side. -sn and out oj town Mrs. Agnes Dewar will be at 1910 9 Ave. S. for a week or so. Friends are welcome to call and visit any day. PUBLIC BINGO 16 GAMES 2 JACKPOTS LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM (Upstairs) EVERY THURS-S p.m. A Calendar Of Local happenings Tne LA to St. Peter and St. Paul Greek Catholic Church will hold its regular meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the parish hall. Hostesses will be Mrs. Al Da- vies and Mrs. H. Deal. HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services Need! Clothing, Furniture, Toyi, Household Effects CALL 328-2860 FOR PICKUP SERVICE OR LEAVE AT 412 lit AVE. S. LEGION BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 8 p.m. JACKPOT BLACKOUT IN SO NUMBERS OR LESS (Incroailng number per wttk until wen) lit GAME JACKPOT 5th CAME (X) 10th GAME BLACKOUT IN SS NUMBERS OR LESS SPECIAL 2 FREE GAMES FOR TURKEYS MEMORIAL HAIL PUBLIC MEMBERS AND GUESTS NORMANDY LOUNGE Chlldrin undtr 16 not allowed by LodlM Aunlllory to Conodlon liglon St. Basil's CWL meeting has been cancelled for this month. Christian Science testimony meeting will be held on Wed- nesday at p.m. in the church auditorium, 1203 4 Ave. S. Everyone welcome. Friendship Lodge LA to UTU will hold a regular meeting at I) p.m. in the IOOF hall on Wednesday. Lunch will be pro- vided. Southminster Church UCW will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday in the church lounge. Installa- tion of officers will take place. Fort Macleod square dancers will hold (heir regular dance on Wednesday at p.m. with round dance practice at B p.m. in the elementary school. Everyone welcome. Women are asked to please bring a box lunch and cups. The Lethbridge Women's In- stitute will hold a sewing tea at tlie home of Mrs. L. Burton, 1716 2 Ave. N. Tea hostesses will be Mrs. D. Wheeler and Mrs. L. Burton. ANTIQUES POPULAR P1CTON, Ont. (CP) What- ever else inflation inhibits peo- ple from buying, it hasn't hit the antique business yet, says Orville Dninard, who recently held an auction sale at his farm. Old bedroom pitcher and bowl sets sold for and a five-gallon crock made in Picton brought LETHBRIDGE FISH GAME ASSN. WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. IN THE EAGLES HALL 13th St. N. JACKPOT 53 NUMBERS-FREE CARDS I JACKPOTS (4th, 8th and 12th) In 7 Numbtrl ______ NO CHILDREN UNDER 14 b 1 BINGO The tattoo makes news LOS ANGELES (AP) More women are blossoming out with flowers, hearts, butterflies and other designs on their bodies, a tattoo artist says. The tattooer, known only as Little Fran, says 10 to 60 women a week visit her down- town Los Angeles greatest numbers she has known in her 22-year career. The new customers are "ev- erything from Beverly Hills so- L-iuiiles end college girls to hip- pies and working girls and she said in an in- terview. Little Fran says most of her female clients want only one a place where it it is concealed by clothing. "They ask for flowers, butter- flies, those little broken hearts like Janis Joplin she says, "and they want sunbursts, red devils, reli- gious symbols and names- names of their husbands, boy- friends and children. "A few years ago when pat- terned stockings were the big things I got hundreds of re- quests for butterflies, hearts and bugs on ankles. Then there was a big run on peace sym- bols. Now it's -astrology." HANDLE COMPLAINTS SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. (CP) More than 100 com- plaints were bandied in 1970 by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Association. Infringe- ment of human rights covered a wide area, including discrimina- tion, in employment, housing, education, sex and race. love 35... i accepting each other as you really are. SERIOUS BUSINESS Christmas holidays and lots of snow conditions are just perfect for getting down to the basics in hockey as Dominic Hunt, left, gels a lesson in goalkeeping from Nicholas Hunt. Sex discrimination causes career restrictions in U.S. PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Reu-1 ter) Vicious discrimination against women exists in Ameri- can colleges and universities, a commissioner of the equal em- ployment opportunity commis- sion charged here. Ethel Bent Walsh, speaking Bt the American Association for the Advancement of Science convention, said the discrimina- tion is widespread in undergra- duate and graduate schools. New laws proposed by the federal government could go a long way to changing the situa- tion, she said. Commissioner Walsh quoted a woman scientist as reporting "a massive, consistent and vicious pattern of sex accomplished by admission quo- tas in schools, higher admis- sion standards for women man men, and discrimination in fi- nancial assistance for graduate study. A recent study by a Columbia University researcher said that in graduate school admissions, the grade average for women is much higher than the aver- age for men meaning it is easier for a man to g2t into graduate school than for wo- man. Commissioner Walsh said law schools have unwritten quota systems for female applicants. This discrimination is justified by the schools on the basis that women may not finish and con- tinue to practise law once they marry, she added. "Discrimination in the admis- sion of women to undergraduate and graduate schools, and sex discrimination in the grant of scholarships, seriously detracts from the ability of women to compete in the labor she told the convention. FAY'S APPAREL COATS Fur trimmed and unlrlmmed coats in plains, tweeds, plaidi and suedes, Regular 1o Clearing Up To 50% off DRESSES Our entire slock In petifies, regular and half sizes. Beautiful iclectior of casual, cocktail, long gowns, hot and evening pant suits. 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