April 4, 1956
Dear Miss Irvin,
I have been interested in the work of World Vision, Inc. for several
years, and when they began bringing the little GI-Korean orphans
to the United States (Harry Holt in charge of this phase) because
they are not well treated by the other Korean children, even to
the point of being murdered, I wondered if I might be allowed to
take two small girls for adoption.
Mr. Holt wrote that an act of Congress is necessary as I am a
single woman so Mr. Teague was written to and he sent forms and
bulletins, also wrote that only in a few rare cases have single
women been allowed to adopt children. However, the instructions
were to write you for guidance, if I understand them correctly.
Your advice will be appreciated.
The forms call for giving the names of the orphans, which of course
I don’t know. If there are couples enough to take all the
children Mr. Holt plans to bring (all GI-Korean) that’s fine,
but if there were not available homes for all I would have liked
two little girls as near school age as possible.
I am an elementary (2nd grade) teacher and am retiring shortly
at the age of 60 with a pension of approximately $232 a month, I
own my own home, and have further income from two pieces of property
sold. I also have an insurance policy which would be put away for
an education fund.
My health is good, no high blood pressure or anything like that.
I belong to the Presbyterian church, also am one of a large family
with nieces & grandnieces—also have brothers, & nephews—so
there would be many contacts. The youngest brother & his wife
have agreed “to take over” in the event that anything
should happen to me before the children are old enough to be on
their own. This brother has two small daughters of his own.
The process of adoption looks very complicated—seven forms
were sent—but when you are heard from I will proceed to prepare
(Miss) Elizabeth Campbell