13 Hudson County foster children find permanent homes at National Adoption Day …

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Foster Kids Find Forever Families In Emotional Adoption Day Ceremony In Paterson.

PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Thousands of foster children are being adopted all across the country as part of National Adoption Day, which is Saturday. “When I come home during the day and they all want to hug me, ‘Daddy!

When Linda Joy Young was adopted in 1950 by Bernice and Robert Linville (“Lindy”) Young in Pasadena, Calif., LIFE magazine reported that while a million couples sought to adopt a child, only 75,000 babies were in need of a home. This disparity led to the rise of a black market, through which “so-called black marketeers” would charge as much as $5,000—nearly $50,000 in today’s dollars—to match a child with a family. Venezia, Presiding Judge of the Family Division of Middlesex County Superior Court; Lisa Von Pier, Assistant Commissioner of the NJ Department of Children and Families, Child Protection and Permanency Agency, and New Brunswick Police Det. The maximum we can do right now is six.” “The best feeling in the world to wake up and have kids call you ‘mommy,’” Pardo said. “A lot of work, a lot of responsibility but I won’t change it. But back in the day when it was the prospective parents, and not the children, who endured long waits for a match, the process suffered from oft-ignored regulations.

LIFE published a tender photo essay by photographer Ed Clark—which captured the joy of both Linda and her parents as they got to know one another during her first days at home—with the hope that more stringent regulations might “eliminate the worst perils of adoption.” Indeed—coincidentally or not—beginning in 1951, the number of unauthorized adoptions began a period of sharp decline. The good news is — and it may answer a question that many people have about adoption — is that these children do learn to love again, with abundance. More than 3,000 children, from toddlers to teens, are adopted from the child welfare system every year, and we hear daily from the families and children how blessed they feel to have found each other.

As a prerequisite for the adoption, a caseworker “took a look at Bernice’s housekeeping” and “requested a medical report certifying their inability to have a child of their own.” Linda was put through a battery of medical tests to ensure that she was healthy—there is no explanation of how a finding of poor health might have affected the outcome of the adoption. Though she appeared healthy before the adoption, she was diagnosed with leukemia shortly after coming home and died just months after joining her new family. The Youngs later adopted a boy named Robert who, LIFE reported in a follow-up story, “may not understand for many years the double measure of love in his father’s hug and his mother’s smile.” Today, of course, some of the same issues that plagued adoption more than six decades ago endure—cases of illegal adoption and child trafficking continue to be reported—and new disputes, such as legal challenges to adoptions of children by gay and lesbian parents, hamper the placement of children in need.

While countless adoptions take place without complication, there are always stories about legal risks for prospective parents or parents who are ill-equipped to raise the children they are matched with.

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