Children: New Ease in Adoptions

After a ten-month legal battle, Mr. and Mrs. Michale T. Liuni, of Tillson, N.Y., last week adopted a 4½-year-old Beth, their foster child since infancy. The local welfare commissioner had sought to place the girl elsewhere, largely because of the Liunis' age (both are 48), income ($8,900) and the fact that, while they are dark-eyed and swarthy Italian-Americans, Beth is a blue-eyed blonde. Not surprisingly, a county court overruled the commissioner, but the national publicity that surrounded the case gave a falsely bleak picture of the state of adoptions in the U.S. today.

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