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CA'N--tOUC JULY 28, 1991 PAGE 11 *Adol on," from page 1 minds for any reason in the world." the people who will raise her child, called the foster program "excel- d Also, Harris said, "the birth mother can lent, noting that the foster parents who Write a let r explaining why they chose will keep the child during the ten-day deci- ![ adoption. It s a wonderful gift to give their sion period are highly trained and moti- child. And they can request a letter in re- vated, ficensed and dosely monitored. By tm-n from the adoptive parents during the placing children in foster care during the first year. We pro- time when a birth mother can daange her vide pictures to the mind, adoptive parents are spared the heart- birth mother for ache that could come if they brought a child a full year on a home, only to have to give it .back. confidential basis, "We ve had very sofid adoptions, Harris and we find it one said. "We've never had an adoption over- of the most impor- turned." to rant parts of the Adoption Services works closely with a h healing process for local law ftma to protect the rights of every- her to see that the body involved in the adoption process. baby well and Often that means making a determined ,# loved. Harris said that Antje Harris people sometimes a By placing chlqdrL in foster ask her how naother can give up her chad. care dining the time when a birth "Well, of course, she loves the baby. That's mother can change her mind, the biggest misunderstanding about adop- lion, that a woman who places her child for ~optive l~rents are ~ the at" adoption does not love her baby. It's the htmrtachelhateouldeomeifthey Opposite. It's the most courageous decision, to give up the baby, because someone else brought a child home, only to prowde what she man t. have to give it back. can .... Often the father of the dtild does not ..... ant to get involved with the pregnancy Or lake responsibility for the child after it is effort to locate the birth father and get his horn. And one of the things many birth consent for the adoption. That can be dif- ~aothers want for their child is the security ficult for sevelal reasons, Han-is said, but if and stability of a two-parent family. Because he can't be fotmd 'Sae show the court all to of this concern, Adoption Services has not the ways we've tried to find him." :e~ Placed any children with single parents. Once a mother decides to place her child ~e for adoption, all of her medical expenses ed Black families are covered. She is encouraged to sign up The agency is always trying to recruit for Medicaid, ifshe'seligible, but ifshe earns i~ black families to be adoptive parents. Adop- more than the Medicaid limit and doesn't tlon workers have found that many black have insurance, then she can get obstetrical families already, have opened their homes care through the state Health Department or the Ambulatory Care Center of the Uni- "Our philosophy is that we're versity of Arkansas Medical System. The IlOt here to lild babies for mother can choose her obstetrician, Harris said. ffa woman is under 18 mad doesn't have a place to stay before the baby comes, she can turn to the Florence Crittenton Pro- families - we've never had enough babies - but we're here t0 a thebestpam s to children of relatives or friends in unoffi- ~rris.adoptions and are "overextended," said. "Adoption can be an expensive proce- dune,- she added, "but Adoption Services t~kes sure the birth mother's medical ex- Penses are covered," relying mostly on state Services, insurance and adoption fees. How- ever, Adoption Sciences will try to make the Procedure -affordable for a black family that LUalifies to be adoptive parents but has a d lhne pa}ing all the costs. ~)ur philosophy is that we're not here to find babies for families- we've never had erie h ug babies - but 'we re here to find abSolutely the best parents for a baby." Women's options When a woman contacts Adoption Ser- s es about placing her child for adoption, d e receives counseling about the proce- hure and gets extensive information about er legal rights. arl never put any pressure on women, .d we do have women change their nainds .... , Harris stud. hat is why we have a Ih t . care program, because by law women ten days after the baby is born, once uleY've signed the papers, to change their It's older women facing a crisis pregnancy who sometimes have the most trouble, Harris said. "Sepal services can provide a little bit of assistance, but there really aren't enough resources for women who are a little older." Abha House, however, does accept older women and women with children, Harris said. CAMPUS MINISTERS NEEDED! Youth Ministries Office of the Dio- cese of Little Rocks seeks two part- time campus ministers one for ATU in RusseUville and one for UCA in Conway.. Send a resume by Aug.15,1991 to: Sister Phyllis Enderiln, OSB Youth Ministries P.O.Box 7565 Little Rock, AR 72217. said. "I had been told by a nun who was a ~ a family counselor that I somehow needed to provide the child with a femi- nine influence. I prayed to the Virgin Mother and asked her to be that influence. Wants to adopt nephew "We had just been given a large statue of the Vhgin with her arms outstretched and when I brought him home he called the By Meg Sandoval statue 'Mom' so I have a feeling that the Blessed Mother is in this somewhere," he Englewood, CO (CANS) - Being called added. "From then on, this was a story of "father" is nothing new for Rev. Roger on-the-job training." Mollison, the53-year-old pastor of St. Louis Mollison, who said he knew nothing Church and School in Englewood. about being a parent, received ample help But the word is more than a religious from his parish fanfily, first at St. Frands title - it also defines who he has become to Cabrini and then at St. Louis. his seven-year-old nephew, Justin James "we had every kind of diaper, every toy .... Mollison. There was so much love and support at "the day he was born was the day I was both parishes," he said. Fhe greatest bless- assigned to St. Francis Cabrini Parish" in ing I see in this is the tremendous respect Littleton, CO, said I haveforparentsnow. Mollison. "I knew I learned so much, so him from day one. It fast. I am actually a was a terrible thing: single parent and I he would just sob and understand their sob, and we would plight and pressures." hold him. He Even though bonded with me - Mollison now feels he even before I ever is able to pracficewhat realized what this he preaches about the meanL" sanctity of life, he said Due to what he he would not gener- called "a series of ally advocate priests family tragedies," adopting children be- Mollison's parents - cause it is hard work. then in their 70s - 'q'hejoyis learning found themselves how much loves caring for theh" fa- me individually therless infant through loving the grandson while the child," he said. "I child's mother thank God every day sought help to over- for this gift." come problems that Mollison said he prevented her from has full custody ofjus- caring for Justin her- tin and hopes one day self. to adopt him. "It is a Then Mollison's neat experience, al- parents died before though sometimes I Justin turned two. aam. Baca/DonvorCatholic Register/CN$ wish I was a little When it became clear that Mollison Rev. Roger Mollison and his yotmger," he said. Justin calls Mollison was the only one in nephew, dustin. "Father Roger" or the family able to "Unde Roger." He at- care for a toddler, he prayed and sought tendsSt. Louis School, where his bestgrades professional advice from counselors, dec- are in religion and social studies. The priest tors and lawyers before requesting pays his nephew's school tuition, is active in archdiocesan permission to proceed with school-related acm, ifies and even attends his plans to care for his nephew. The parent-teacher conferences. Archdiocese of Denver gamated pernfission "He knows I am not his birth dad, but when Justin was 22. months old. that I am his real dad, and somethnes, when "The little guy was so traumatized when we have been talking about these things, he I got him that he stopped talking," Mollison even calls me Dad," Mollison said. Lunch Mon.- Fri. 11 A.M_. - 1:$0 P.M. Dinner /don. - Sat. 6 P.M. - 10 P.M. STEVE PINTER REALTY 11121 N. 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