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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 4, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta ___________ Monday, Otlober 4, 1971 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD 17 Jewish adoptions now interracial MONTREAL (CP> Chanfi-, ing racial atlilucles and a short- age of Jewish babies available for adoption have sparked an im- portant policy change at the Jewish Welfare Hureau of the Baron de Hirsch Institute. For the first time, the insti- tute is placing chil- dren and is reaching far across Canada to find them. Solomon Brownstein, the insti- tute's executive director, said 1 that until a year ago, the; agency accepted only babies' bom of Jewish mothers. This' became practically impossible for several reasons. In a densely-populated area; such as metropolitan there arc many more couples j wanting to adopt children at a time when supply of babies is drying up. This condition is brought about by the pill, an easing of the abortion law and the increasing number cf un- married mothers who keep their babies. MAY BE ANSWER 'We are seeing a new type of j prospective parents, people con- cerned about world population, ecology and Mr. Brownstein said. "Many are turned on to the point where we have what may be an answer to the problem of I the 'hard-to-place' child, that is Hie trans-racial adoption." Since the decision to accept non-Jewish babies was made, the institute has developed an aciive placement program on i an inter-agency basis in areas where there is a scarcity of adoptive parents. Trans-racial parents come j from every socio-economic. level, said Grace Gallay, sen-; ior supervisor of the insti- j lute's child welfare depart- ment, i FKOJI AM, SIDKS "Their social and economic status reflects the diversity of the local Jewish community. We have taxi-drivers and profes- sionals, all with the same idea. They want a baby and, as it has been in Canada for 30 years, most of them want a baby girl. "The difference now is that many of them arc to take a baby of mixed racial ex- traction. These couples are self-confident and self-aware and prepared to accept the chil- dren as individuals." "We discuss the pros and cons of such adoptions and we have found out that every bit of work done before the placement tills the soil for a successful family relationship." It is important In give a trans-racial child some sense of identity as soon as possible, "Waiting unlil be or she starts lo go to school and I he feedback comes home from other chil- dren is a she said. "Give them pride of heritage eariy. It will enable Ihem lo answer questions easily and freely This is one of the issues uliich will get top priority on a pro- drawn up by liioup of parents who v.ill star! holding ntary discussion nslilnle in Oclo- o u p I c s who n three year.c tbrir own. have expressed a desire to have an exchange ideas and informa- tion uith staff members here and among themselves THE BETTER HALF By Bob Barnes "If's just too much of a chore getting up on Monday morning from on I 'm not going to bed Sunday THIS MOUNTIE GOT HIS WOMAN-Six members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police take time out from getting their man to form honor guard of crossed lances for RCMP Constable Melvin Dyson, formerly of Vancouver, stationed at Taber, who was married Saturday to Sheryl Mae Bryant ot McKillop United Church in Lethbridge. by Ed Finlay Ann Landers DEAR ANN LANDERS: You goofed and I hope you'll be big enough to admit it. I refer to your shamefully in- adequate response to the mother who signed herself "HI la 111 i n o i s." I was ill in Indiana when I read it. The mother was writing about her handsome, talented, 21-year-old, homosexual son. She wanted to know how she could help him lead a normal life. Your advice was for the MOTHER to get counseling and learn to live with the situation which you described as "probably irreversible." Your last line, that she was probably a lot unhappier than the boy, was strange, lo put it mildly. How did you reach THAT conclusion? Did an assistant write that ar-swer? It didn't sound like you, Ann Landers. Please review the letter and try it Ind. DEAR MARION: You're right that I goofed, but the buck stops here. Even- word that appears under my byline is written by me, and I'm responsible for it. The advice you question was, I agree, inadequate. 1 have no defense but I do hare an explanation. I sometimes must 'cut a letter in order to use it in the column. In this instance, I cut the letter so drastically that some vital facts were deleted. In the original letter, the mother described the toy's accomplishments. He was creative, out- going, related well to members of both sexes, did beautifully in school and was headed for a promising career. He told his parents he was a homosexual and made it clear that he was perfectly content and did not want professional help. The mother, on the other hand, was so grieved about his deviation that she was becoming bedridden. I told her not to press therapy on a boy who didn't want it, but to i gel some Iheropy herself, so she could learn to accept him. DEAR ANN LANDERS: Our youngest daughter went steady for two years with a smart alec punk who didn't know enough to stand up when speaking to an adult. We never liked the boy and she knew it. To make a long story short, lie got Neva pregnant and then tried to lie his way out of if, I could fill your whole page with stories about what we j went through with our daughter. To complicate matters Neva j really did care about that creepy kid. We had a terrible j time convincing her Ihat she should not keep the baby. It i tore my heart out to watch that girl sit by the phone, i waiting for a call. And then when her father had to drive her to the hospital lo have the baby I thought to myself, what's the matter with the laws in this country? How come the hoy who got, her that way is nowhere around? Is it fair that a liVycar-old girl, who was a virgin when she met the dirty dcg, has to carry the burden alone while he runs j off with his buddies to ballgames and dates other girls? i Please, Ann Landers, do what you can to get a law i passed saying the boy has lo marry the girl when a pregnancy is involved. Yon would be performing a great Wichita Heartache DEAR W. II.: A great service? For whom? Do you have any idea what the divorce rate in this country is among peo- ple who g c I married WH.LINfiLY? Why wish a bum like I Ihat on your daughter? She is far better off without him. i Good riddance. DEAR A NTs' LANDERS: Two years ago we took Ellen to j the orthodontist lo have her teeth straightened. He was an ex- j pensive job but we wrie. willing lo put out the money. Ellen wanted a pretty str.ile more than anything in the world. For the last year we have heard nothing but gripes. Ellen hates her braces. They are ruining her social life. They cut her month, they hurl. Last week my husband told Ellen that if the braces wore making her Dial unhappy she didn't have lo wear Ihem nny more. The next day she had them removed. The orthodontist was very displeased. r believe my husband was wrong. He said it wasn't worth the aggravation Ihat he wasn't going to put out that much money lo listen In all that whining. 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