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Wednesday, april 16, 1975 lincoln, nebraska vol. 98 no. 112
Wait ends for parents of Vietnamese orphan
By Martha Bohling and Paula Damke
After a year of waiting and extensive checking into
their home environment, financial situation and
personal characters, as well as an FBI investigation
complete with fingerprinting, a Hastings couple has
finally received their baby girl a seven-month-old
South Vietnamese orphan.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Doerr went to Denver
Thursday to pick up their daughter, Allison Warren,
who had arrived in Denver Wednesday night.
The Doerrs first wrote to Friends of All Children,
a Boulder, Colo., adoption agency, in April 1974 and
started the long procedure for adopting a Vietnamese
child. On January 23, 1975, they accepted a
three-month-old girl, and the process began to bring
the child to the United States.
In arranging to bring the children to the United
States, the adoption agencies are careful about
contacting any of the child's family. According to
Mrs. Doerr, there was no problem with Allison since
both her parents were known to be dead and there
was no other family.
Mrs. Doerr emphasized the extensive amount of
checking that was done before they were approved as
prospective parents, and said the agencies have
assured them that they will continue to follow this
procedure in placing all incoming orphans.
Mrs. Doerr expressed concern "that those people
who didn't have any interest in adoption before the
vast publicity about the Vietnamese orphans might be
reacting out of compassion without considering what
is involved in bringing up a child.
She also said that people may be acting out of
"guilt feelings" over what happened in Vietnam.
"It's on the United States' conscience," she said,
adding, "We made a mistake and people see this as
one small way to rectify that mistake."
"Roger and I were not acting as much out of a
sense of guilt as a feeling of concern," she said.
She said that when they made their application it
was done out of concern for the half-million
homeless children in Vietnam, adding that they'd
been interested for a long time in foreign adoption
and felt that Vietnam was the country with the
Their family is receiving an outpouring of good
will, according to Mrs. Doerr, who said that everyone
in the community is getting involved because they see
it as one positive thing they can do regarding
Allison is totally adaptable and outoging, Mrs.
Doerr said, and thus nothing has frightened her. She
is just getting over the chicken pox, which she caught
when there was an outbreak on the plane which flew
the orphans to the United States.
Allison flew in on the plane which was met by
President Ford. The Doerrs had originally feared that
she might have been on the plane that crashed and
burned. They were extremely worried, she said,
because it was a Friends for All Children plane, and
also because of the large number of embassy officials
reported to be on the plane, since a friend of theirs,
who is an embassy official, had promised to try to
bring the child himself.
They heard about the plane crash at 7:30 Friday
morning, and by 8:30 the parents of their friend had
gotten a call through to South Vietnam and
confirmed that neither he nor the child was on the
Mrs. Doerr said the only problems they anticipate ,
in raising the child are die uuI problems in dealing
"Her skin is a little darker, Mrs. uocrr saia, ana
her features are a little oriental, although it's amazing
how Western she looks."
"The only problem we anticipate would be the
other children's reaction to her being different."
According to Mrs. Doerr, they are planning to
teach the child about the culture and history of the
country she came from.
"We would like to take her to visit South Vietnam
someday, if there still is a South Vietnam and if it is a
country we can visit," she said.
"We want her to be secure enough that she'll know
she's from another country, but she'll also know that
she belongs to us and that she's an American."
While the Doerrs are now enjoying their child after
a year's wait, several Nebraskans are interested in
beginning the process to adopt a child.
According to the Friends of Children in Vietnam
placement office in Denver, a total of about 250
orphans have been brought into the United States for
adoption. A spokesman for this agency's placement
office said none of the infants were placed in
The spokesman said the families receiving the
children have been waiting for over a year and most
have already gone through local agencies and
interviews. The spokesman said the families were
referred to the placement office by local agencies.
The Holt Adoption Agency of Eugene, Ore., said
285 orphans had arrived Sunday for processing. She
said three Nebraska families had adopted orphans,
but none wanted any publicity concerning the
The spokesman said they were no longer taking
applications for the adoption of the orphans. They
said those families that were adopting the orphans
had made application prior to the Vietnam orphan
Friends of All Children adoption agency in
Boulder, Colo., has a number of Nebraska families
adopting orphans. The Boulder agency estimated it
has processed about 1 50 orphans.
All three agencies questioned how Sen. John
DeCamp adopted two children so easily.
Fritz said she is looking at applicants who were
willing to adopt any race or creed of. children,
including the Vietnam orphans, but not just the
She said in some cases the families are being
interviewed after they receive the children-a kind of
According to spokesman at the Holt Agency the
post-audit is for individuals interested L'l adopting
who had not been interviewed for specific adoption
of a Vietnam orphan.
The Vietnam orphan adoption is not a hurry up,
fast process. According to dl three agencies, most of
those waiting for adoption of the orphans applied
over a year ago and were willing to adopt any age
level and any race.
UNL student wins
Ivy Harper, a UNL senior majoring in journalism
and political science, won the Society of Professional
Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi (SPJ, SDX) Mark of
Excellence award for best writing not under deadline
in Region 7 competition of SPJ,SDX,
Awards were made Saturday at a six-state
convention in Kansas City, Mo.
Harper, a copy editor and former reporter for the
Daily Nebraskan, won the award for a feature story
about the re-election campaign of South Dakota Sen.
The McGovern story was written for a journalism
class and was published in the Daily Nebraskan in
October 1974. The story won a William Randolph
Hearst national newswriting award in December
The convention was attended by about 175
journalists from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri,
South Dakota and Southern Illinois. The UNL
chapter of SPJ.SDX was represented by 14 students.
Speakers at the convention included William
Small, senior vice-president and director of news for
CBS, Jules Loh, special correspondent for the
Associated Press and James Meagher, assistant
managing editor of The National Observer.
Bars in city limited to 1 35
Liquorlicense policy retained
UNL students and Lincoln citizens won't have
more bars to patronize, as the City Council voted five
to two Monday to retain the present policy of
limiting the number of liquor licenses issued in the
city to 135. The council also voted against changing
the system last week.
Another public hearing was held when council
members Sue Bailey and John Robinson called for
re-examination of the policy.
The resale of liquor licenses in Lincoln is illegal,
although usually when an owner sells his
establishment, he attaches a token license fee to the
price of the bar. Bailey and Robinson contend that
raising the number of licenses in Lincoln, either by
tying it to population or increasing it by one a year,
would control that situation. However, most of those
who appeared at the public hearing were in favor of
keeping the present system.
If the limitation were to be lifted now, the city
would be deluged with applications for licenses,
according to Mike Aiysio, attorney for tiie Lancaster
County Beverage Association, who came before' the
council to voice his group's support of the current
policy. He said that by restricting the number of
licenses issued, the council "is showing an interest in
the health, safety, and welfare of lincolnites."
Stan Talcott, a lawyer and part owner of the
Zoobar, Inc., said he felt that some of what he called
the city's law enforcement problems are tied to the
number of liquor dispensing outlets in Lincoln. He
encouraged the use of two different types of licenses,
one for restaurants without lounges that wanted to
serve drinks with dinner, and the regular Class C
Others commended the council on their decision
of last week and encouraged them to keep Lincoln a
"clean city." One woman advocated the lowering of
the number issued each year, eventually eliminating
all liquor in Lincoln.
Lawyer Rollin Bailey was the only person opposed
to the present ceiiing. He couldn't be present at the
hearing and sent a colleague to recommend that th? y
delay action for three to four weeks.
Early admissions for the fall semester
seem to be reflecting some changes in the
makeup of UNL's student body,
according to Gerald Bowker, director of
Figures released by Bowker's office
last Friday show a slight drop in the
number of admissions when compared to
this time last year, falling from 3836 in
Apitf of 1974 to 3751 this spring.
Bowker explained that this drop in the
number of full-time students reflects a
nation-wide trend and is, at least,
partially the result of national and
international relations during the last
Bowker indicated that perhaps the
most significant change in UNL
enrollment was caused by the end of the
draft and American military action in
Vietnam. Because young men now have
"other alternatives," the number of
full-time male students has decreased,
Bowker said. The fairly constant number
of full-time female students has resulted
in a larger percentage of women on
More part-time students
The number of part-time students is
also on the rise, according to Bowker. ,
When asked if this drop in admissions
will have an effect on the university's
budget, Bowker explained that;
"budgeting is now based on credit hour
production rather than the actual number
of students enrolled." This means that
the budget will be based on the number
of hours students have registered for,
rather than how many students are
Noting the trend of the last several
years, Bowker said he expects a similar
drop in next year's admissions. He added
that factors such as later applications by
students, increased enrollment in
technical schools and applications from
students applying simultaneously to
several universities have contributed in
lesser ways to the changing enrollment
But Bowker pointed that while the
numbers might be changing, the profile of
a typical UNL freshman has remained
He noted that half of the average UNL
freshmen class was graduated in the upper
quarter of their high school class, while
80 per cent of the average class was
graduated in the upper one-half of their
class. This compares favorably with other
schools, Bowker said, and added that
such figures tend to deny reports of
lower-than-average students at UNL.
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