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i ~% D PAGE FOUR . THE CATALIN :, SO YOU WANT A BABY , amount at the proper speed. A nurse months. It isn't " easy to find foster long you are likely to st Y. 2~ does all the work except the swallow- parents for children that old. Most of aknn~lW how many bathroomS-'v" |~,a "f you use them regularly'~..!~., |~|~-~,7." "Babies and assorted children for ing. us want to do all the raising, all the Most important, they w'lle~ti~ i~ distribution. Only couples who arc Where do the babies come from? shaping and directing and correcting certified 99.44 per cent pure need up- Two-thirds of them haveunmarried during those first important years. It you want this child, oe~l,~~ |.[][dl ply." mothers,--an occasional one is still left isn't easy to place two children to-childless couples who adoP~ ~ ~ | U| It doesn't say that, the modest sign on the doorstep in a basket,--a few are " gethe,', but the Home was determined children, but not always. _t~i~ |.[,~l in the low buildings of the Children's from homes unable or unfit to keepnot to separate them. So John and be a notion that you are tru~ad,. ~ ~:~,, 1 at a c~J ~" Home Society of California, but it them. Mary were something of a worry to need children, or th .rt,,# ~, |).!,'~.: might well say it. 1 suppose, though, Asked if it was a handicap to a babythe Assistant Executive Secretary un- save your marriage from got s/0d~ |-~ that the assistant executive secretary if he didn't have a proper legal father, til she thought of the Browns. i!ik~Shi Goi:i~g~l)bo~ts~crt~eO ~10a~#wntedt0'gI] I~I~~'[~t~ in charge, would object to that sigt[ Miss Stanton smiled, "Not any more. The Browns were a nice couple in s She'd be likely to say, "We can't beThat time is past." their forties who wanted two children, P t --x "-in" to |['~, "~ that careless. What about that other Who are these unmarried mothers ? "not more than six". John and Mary Home Society has anym t, ~i |[" 2 56/100 of a per cent?" Girls of 14, 15, and 16, some of them; matched up with Mr. and Mrs. Brown it. ~ yotlV~ s~ ,,. Nature isn't very choosy in selecting and women too of 30 and 35, quite a in race, religion, mental and physicalThose friends whose nam~0ftetl parents for some of her bundles from lot of them. Some are widows and di-background (that is, their own parents can't be depended upon tr~ettdslt~ heaven, but the Children's Home So- vorcees. Such babies have increased were similar in mind, education, anddetails about you either. ~ .,t-~.'~, -. ' trv'~ l ciety makes up for it. Most any sort with the depression, materially. It is health and physique to the Browns). a habitof being cruelly ~,ness0~.~ of a couple can persuade the stork toone of the common results of our rood- They were similar in temperament; questionedregarding the.,~;en. ~1~ leave a bundle; but you have to meas-ern civilization's postponement of mar- they were good obedient children, couple or a home for cn~u~ trittet0f ure up to a whole sewing class of yard riages. Some of the mothers have bright and affectionate. And 9 and 11 mav gild ,,.our reputatioI~ ".:ati0~ sticks to get one from the Society. family and friends standing by them,isn't too old for the children of a eou- the" club, f'ool the credit aSSrn't~~ Maybe that sounds to you like a some are alone, working out the solu- pie in their forties. Miss Stanton your sweet sake" but they~ dete];~ ' ' Oil ~" Ut large order for prospective pa/'ents,tion of their problems. Nearly all of wrote the Browns and told them all of to play any mean trtcks . the-~a but there are 6(X) couples on the list then1 want to keep their babies. They this. She asked if they would like to less child, Thev'll dish.Utthe f~ right now who have managed to qual- aive them up only when it seems t~) take a h)ok at John m{d *Iarv. The,,if there is any "and shal~e ilz - ' - ' Ollt- skeleton if yon have ify and are waiting for their babies, the best interest of "the children, wouht, closet. t.,0f~'~l'~.a Usually it takes a year and a half to"Most of the girls are 'good girls'," "1 hope the children weren't as em- a pretty young nurse told me. "Most " The Children's Home Sc~e~'l~)l ~lt tw, years for-the Society to prodnce barrassed as I was, Mrs. Brown c( n- o tL ~ " ;.t Vv3s fil.t C .-. ~ ~a,, just the right heir apparent--thereby fnl nero are as good girls as there are, tided to the Assistant Executive Sec- ifo~m -- "d see enY.. 1s,''s harterea ' oter.,, making the stork appear positi~e!~" o 2," unfl~rtunate and unhapl)y and un- retarv. "All the way in I kept Iookin;., . . ~ ~ ea,~ e- speedy. Even with all this care 36"4wise." at George and at myself aud I thought :::cl;;l~i~ate~fficesCIi~ LoS ~g~l~,l~, yonngsters were placed last year, 13,- And the babies? 'we don't look so awfully good our-Francisco, OaklandBaKe~"" o-.[_ l)ieg..i (XR) have been placed during the forty-"Oh, they are darlings. VVe have toselves. Mavbe those children wiIt a(tena Santa Ana and ~al~ a ~lat~fl "' ~ . "' ~ alto e v eight years thev havc been operating work hardat being imi)ersonal and not think thev could do better.'" anti the Nattve Sons _.,,fete ,,0 in California. " getting attached to th;an the little But Jofin and Mary regarded it as al)aughtersCent,al C'l!~"0"lY tie Matching babies t,, their foster par- while we can have them." rood risk and were packed off t(, spend HomelessChildren, are t~sed bY t0 ents is a complicated jt,b. It includesThe history and background is a vear in a new life. (A child must agenciesin Calif( rnia l]ce~'~,VellV;,et~ a careful adjustment as to *'ace, reli- known of most of the Home Society sp(,nd a vear inthe adoptive home, State Del,artmcnt of soa[f"chi!dt,~ %q I) ~t, gion, ntental, physical, and social back- babies.In some instances the naothe'r under ~ccasi~,nalsuperxisi~m, beforeaccept rehnquishment- , ,,lace ground, temperament, and potential- has beeu helped with her pre-natal he may be ad, q~ted.) That year has from natural parents arm e '-e ities. It is the Home's idea that the care and the delivery. As for the bun-stretched int~ several and "~[1". and " " it" chihl shall l-ok and act and be like his die on the doorstep, it still happens, Mrs. l~rown are happily " t "Morn" chfld,'en for adoption.~er f0 ttr foster I,arents, but not very often. ' and "Dad" n~,w t,, these, a{hU~q,ted chil- Because it s,, much saline f0s, chiht and st, much wiser In the bright sunny nursery at the " " , sucia '~" d sur l near : ste ped on me, the , dre~ . " . pare tts tc~ ~o ~rot