Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
34 THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD Saturday March 16, 1974 Foster parents fight to keep daughter home Diamond anniversary Mr. and Mrs. C. Harrison Gloer of Lethbridge will be honored on the occasion of their 60th wedding anni- versary with an open house for family and friends on Sunday, March 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. in McKillop United Church hall. The couple have resided in Alberta since 1905 when Mr. Gloer homsteaded in the Iron Springs district. They farmed in the Barons district, moved to Champion and finally retired to Lethbridge in 1964. They have two children, Alymer.of Kelowna, B.C., and Amy Irwin of Barons. The couple has 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. No gifts, by request. EDMONTON (CP) A woman who was told this week that her four-year-old foster child will be taken from her said she intends to "fight like hell." Jeanette Holzer received word from the provincial government that Rosaline will be removed from her home Monday or Tuesday. Mrs. Holzer was given no exact reason, but suspects it is related to the fact she has multiple sclerosis. She said she also has been told that there have been reports the marital situation in the Holzer home is bad and that she and her husband cannot handle their own children. The couple have four children aged 12 to four in addition to Rosaline, whom they have had in their home since she was five days old. The alleged home problems were reported in Yellowknife today by Ron Davidson, acting director of social development for the Northwest Territories, who said the reports came from social workers. "I think they're Mrs Holzer said. Don Alexander, supervisor of special placement with the child welfare department, said "a number of problems regarding the family came to light in the course of an adoption home study." He declined to elaborate, but said SPRING SALE! CONTINUES STARTING A.M. MONDAY, MARCH 18th YDS. 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Mrs. Holzer said she has been told by social workers in Edmonton that one person used as reference in adoption proceedings said the family "was going to the dogs." She said the only explanation she could think of is that the person, a former friend, is prejudiced against Indians and Metis. Rosaline is Metis, born in Edmonton to a NWT resident. There is no marital strife, nor are there any other family problems that would warrant Mr. Davidson's remarks, Mrs. Holzer said. Rosaline, meanwhile, has not been told of the impending move. "I won't be the one to tell her Mrs. Holzer said, adding she's certain the child will be upset. "She gets upset when the social worker comes to visit." Mrs. Holzer and her husband John also worry about the effect Rosaline's move would have on four- year-old Teresa, their youngest natural child. The two have been constant companions; Rosaline is about six months older than Teresa. 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