Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, Baby Hub of the Country
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Picture from the Kansas City Star, July 12, 1945
An envelope from Harry M. Evans home finding society
Thanks to Missouri Adoptees Rights Movement, you will now be able to request a copy of your original birth certificate!
Most people are unaware of Kansas City’s prevalent role in America’s history of adoptions.
Kansas City, at one time, was a big city where young girls could come from around the Midwest, and from other points around the country, be anonymous, deliver their babies and then go home to try to rebuild their lives.
Kansas City had several maternity homes and orphanages; the biggest and perhaps the longest lasting was The Willows; there were also The Kansas City Cradle (previously The Harry M. Evans Children’s Home Finding Society), and St. Anthony’s.
These homes spoke of a different time in our country. A time when social welfare programs were less readily available, where children raised in single parent homes would face stigma and bear the burdens of their parents “sins”, and lastly, before DNA testing, where a man’s denial could change the course of a young pregnant girls life.
I hope you finds this site useful. Please keep in mind, I'm not a professional researcher; this is done in my spare time. I'd love input, critiques or corrections. Please sign the guestbook and check out the forums Page and sign up to be a member of this site and receive updates.
Request, December 2014:
If you are a Kansas City (or Missouri) adoptee, I want your story!
The Cradle has been closed for 67 years. The next chapter of the adoption story is yours. Please email me if you would consider answering some questions, anonymously if you'd like, about your experience with the senate bill and finding your info.
Here are my starter questions:
Who has had luck? What have been your roadblocks? How much money have you been required to funnel into your search? Did the birth name you had match the adoption info you received? Have you found your bio father? Are you finding that your birth mother and case workers were honest at the time of your birth? If you are the descendant of an adoptee, have you been able to receive identifying (or even non-identifying) info?
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