CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 11, 1975
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(Studio) 2 Air Force planes leave Saigon, bound for US, with nearly 300 Vietnam orphans aboard. At Vatican, orphan airlift criticized; details given. Airlift raises question of adoption of our own American orphans.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) American couples on waiting lists all over country to get South Vietnam baby or American baby. [Child Welfare League of American, executive director Joseph REID - says most adoptable Americans aren't babies but older children often with emotional and/or physical troubles.] Most of these children in foster homes; film shown. Spectacular drop occurs in babies available for adoption; figures given. [Raymond McCASKEY - says available, adoptable American children much older.] [Judith McCASKEY - says many of these children had severe physical handicaps.] McCaskeys turn abroad, adopting Korean and South Vietnamese children.
REPORTER: David Culhane
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