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Two-year-old Ryan helps
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BY SUZANNE KEENE
MT. JOY In September
Marlene Hess will be giving birth
for the first time, but she will not
be a first-time mother. Marlene
and her husband, Andy, adopted
their first child - a bright-eyed,
black-haired little boy.
"We always talked about
adopting, even before we were
married,” Marlene explained.
In 1980, just one year after they
were married, the Hesses took a
two and one-half year assignment
in Bolivia with the Mennonite
Central Committee. Marlene, an
R.N., operated a clinic in a rural
village outside of Santa Cruz while
Andy worked in agriculture,
alternate technology and working
on a demonstration plot.
During their stay in Bolivia the
Hesses learned of a young, un
married mother who might be
willing to give up her child for
adoption and they decided to
pursue the opportunity.
But after initially investigating
the possibility, the Hesses, lost
•contact with the child’s mother.
Marlene said they just assumed
that it was the mother’s way of
saying she didn’t want to go
through with it.
But ten days after the woman
gave birth, the Hesses got a phone
call saying that she was willing to
go ahead with the adoption.
“I think it really was hard for
her,” Marlene said. “She had so
many factors against her.”
Ryan’s mother was unmarried,
young and in a very poor economic
situation, she said. Marlene said
they do not know anything about
his father except that he was
married and had another family.
Extramarital affairs for men is a
part of the culture, Marlene ex-
Ryan takes time out from helping to sample the uncooked
plained. It is their way of proving
their machismo, but it often has
unfortunate results for the un
The Hesses got custody of Ryan
six months before they left Bolivia,
but it wasn’t until they returned to
the United States that they for
mally adopted him.
Bolivian adoption laws are very
strict, Marlene said. To adopt a
child in Bolivia a couple must be
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married for at least five years, be
over 30 and promise never to have
any other children.
“It’s their way to try to protect
their children,” Marlene ex
Their lawyer suggested that
instead of fighting the Bolivian law
they just obtain custody and
permission to leave the country
with the child and then go through
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