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RST: "Special needs" adoptions; Holocaust education curriculum in PA school?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Aug 5, 2013 2:22 PM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk, Tuesday, August 6:

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Two teenagers awaiting adoption in PA

Pennsylvania has about 800 "special needs" young people waiting to be adopted.  Special needs kids are those who may be more difficult to place in a permanent home because they're older, may  be of different ethnicity or race from the adoptive parents, or could have a disability.

The Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network or SWAN has begun a campaign to make people aware of special needs children who are waiting to be adopted.

SWAN is a partnership among the Department of Public Welfare, the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange, public and private adoption agencies, organizations, advocates, judges, the legal community, and foster and adoptive parents.

SWAN director Carrie Keiser appears on Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk to explain.  Top Flight Media's Frank Arendt will discuss her company's role in producing the campaign.

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Frank Arendt from TFM and Carrie Keiser from SWAN on Radio Smart Talk

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Also, legislation has been introduced to require Pennsylvania students in grades 6 through 12 to be educated about the Holocaust -- Adolph Hitler's plan to exterminate Jews and other ethnic before and during World War II.

The bill's sponsor -- Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Montgomery, Philadelphia) will appear on Tuesday's program, along with Rhonda Fink-Whitman, author of the novel 94 Maidens, which is based on her mother's experiences during the Holocaust.


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  • Deborah Mallek img 2013-08-06 08:41

    It seems that the objection to the Bill is couched in financial concerns. This is an absurd objection. The Holocaust MUST be taught everywhere, particularly in our public schools, particularly as our survivors are becoming older and there are less and less of them to tell the story first hand.

    It is unfortunate that we must mandate Holocaust education in order for it to become part of the curriculum - that we do not teach it voluntarily as an integral part of WWII history.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-08-06 08:54

    Email from Michael,

    Given the numerous examples over time of one group wishing to eliminate another due to ethnicity or religion beliefs, is it not selfish to isolate one cause over the many others?

    Should Harrisburg propose a couple thousand bills to cover all school topics? Your guests are selfish.

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