The Family: Half a Home Is Better than None


"She's mine," whispered Audrey Oliver, proudly cuddling the six-month-old infant in her arms. "I'm going to call her Candy." The scene was hardly surprising, since it took place in the reception room of the Children's Bureau in Indianapolis. What made it unusual was that the abandoned child was being adopted by a woman who, at 29, was and is unmarried.

Adoption by a single parent is a new trend growing out of the soaring illegitimacy rate. Adoption agencies, no longer able to be so choosy in selecting foster parents, have decided that half a home is better than none. This is...

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