The Family: Electronic Adoption


It lasted only 15 minutes, but Isabel and Joseph Garrett will undoubtedly remember it as the best TV program of their lives. The Garretts, a Negro couple seeking to adopt a child, were seated in the Buffalo offices of the Erie County Children's Aid Society. On screen, they saw a video-tape recording of Amy, 2½, also a Negro, who had been given away by her mother at birth, raised in a foster home, and was now up for adoption in Wilmington, Del.

Observed by the cameras in a high school TV workshop, the little girl leafed through picture books, ran,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!