Referring to the article "The Adoption Debate" by Elizabeth Mehren (Nov. 25), I believe that it is true that adoption agencies are not an option but a necessity when a girl is pregnant, young and unwed. And now reading in the article what can happen in an unsupervised situation, like private adoption, it seems obvious the agency is the better option.
The counseling offered by agencies is a much needed help for the unwed mother to decide her own situation. The uncertain and perhaps lengthy time span offers adoptive parents even more satisfaction when they do get their child. Best of all, agencies help screen out, hopefully, the abusive sicko, like the couple in Mehren's article.
Nature limits babies to about one a year to natural parents; for us to speed this up compares to the fast-food mentality. Children take nearly 20 years to raise and cannot be equaled to modern day fast-food taste, despite modern day rapid gratification, which a private adoption very nearly provides.
West Los Angeles