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Adoption Laws / Handicapped Children #48390

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 04, 1977
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(Studio) Senator Alan Cranston says he will press administration to provide financial aid to adoptive parents of medical handicapped children.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) Henry and Ruthann Haussling are raising 3 handicapped children; would like to adopt, but no federal monies available to adoptive parents as to foster parents. Hausslings testify to Senate hearing, saying some foster parents misuse money. [Ruthann HAUSSLING - says if money not used for child, foster parent can profit. Cites case of own oldest foster child.] Other difficulties include interstate adoption. [Ruthann HAUSSLING - says nothing can be done if there's family in Fairfax Cnty., Virginia, who'll take child in Saint George's Cnty., MD.] Congress may help relieve situation this yr.
REPORTER: Don Farmer

Farmer, Don;
Walters, Barbara

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