Adoption: Putting Kids On Display

Putting Kids On Display

For untold thousands of abandoned or orphaned children, salvation lies in adoption or foster care. Among those who try to find families for these children is a most unlikely outfit: a J.C. Penney store. Last March in New Orleans, for the sixth year, the store made available an unorthodox forum to bring kids and prospective parents together.

Joined this year by a second Penney's outlet, the store invited the state's department of social services to select children who were willing and able to take a gamble. They were brought to the stores, decked out in the latest spring fashions, given tips...