Beloit College Magazine

Beloit College Magazine

Summer 2011 (August 4, 2011)

Children of the Manse

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July 22, 2011

Children of the ManseBy Lewis Richard Luchs’57


Eugene, Ore., 2009  

In 1943, Fred Luchs and his wife, Evelyn, decided to adopt a 4-year-old girl named Janey. However, after learning that the girl had three older brothers, the eldest of whom was dedicated to keeping the family together, the Luchs made the decision to adopt all four children in a gesture that would prove to be a turning point in the lives of every member of the family.

In Children of the Manse, Lewis Richard Luchs, the eldest sibling, has collected case files, family interviews, and personal experience to form a narrative of the neglect, abuse, and hardship suffered by the four children at the hands of their biological parents and the social welfare system of Ohio. However, Children of the Manse is also, and in many ways more so, a success story of how a child’s fate can be changed through intelligent, loving foster care.

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