BOOK ABOUT HOMESTEAD MATERNITY HOME AND CHILD PLACEMENT CENTER IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS
On February 1, 2016, I announced that I’m writing a book about Homestead Maternity Home and Child Placement Center that operated in Fort Worth, Texas, from 1954 to 1972. Tentatively entitled, “Adopted in Texas: The Story of Homestead,” the book will include the history of the maternity home, the adoption services, and the people connected to and affected by the adoption process. I expect to have the book published sometime next year.
As part of the research that goes into a non-fiction book, I’m currently interviewing Birth Mothers, Adoptees, and Adoptive Parents who are willing to tell me their Homestead stories. Interviews will be conducted by phone and will not be recorded. If your story or a portion of it appears in the book, you may choose to be identified, by first name only or by your full name, or you may choose to remain anonymous. Interview appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., your time, but if you work or have other obligations during that period, I can schedule a more convenient time that will suit your specific need.
If you or someone you know has a connection to Homestead Maternity Home and would like to share your story for possible inclusion in the book, you can contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may message me through the book’s Facebook page.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
Janice Branch Tracy
Author of The Juke Joint King of the Mississippi Hills (The History Press, March 2014) and Mississippi Moonshine Politics (The History Press, March 2015)
Homestead Hospital & Child Placing Agency, The Homestead Child Placement Agency, Homestead Maternity Home and Hospital, The Homestead Maternity Home
In Operation from 1957-1972 (Addresses that were used during oper)
1250 West Rosedale Avenue, Ft. Worth, TX 1028 5th Avenue, Ft. Worth, TX 3600 Crescent, Ft. Worth, TX 3600 Camp Bowie, Ft. Worth, TX 714 Dan Waggoner Building, Ft. Worth, TX
Homestead was a maternity home and adoption agency located in Ft. Worth, Texas. The exact dates of operation are unknown. It appears they opened in late 1954 to early 1955, but were NOT licensed until October 1958. Not all birth mothers stayed at the home. It was a three (3) story building with the kitchen area in the basement.
The adoption agency offices were connected to the maternity home. When children were born, some were sent to foster parents until they were picked up for adoption and others went straight home from the hospital. All children were born in Harris Methodist Hospital or All Saint’s Episcopal (now Baylor Medical Center) in Fort Worth.
Through the years; the Board of Directors for Homestead changed hands often. Mrs. W.W. Slaughter was acting as Executive Director until Dr. (Rev) T.E. Durham, took over these duties. Dr. Durham started as Treasurer. Dr. Durham was a retired Baptist Pastor of 31 ˝ years with the Arlington Heights Baptist Church, before taking over duties as Executive Director for Homestead. Was involved with Homestead from day of opening until facility closed.
All adoptions, unless adoptive parents used their own lawyer, were handled by Attorney Mike Eugene Powell (1957-1964) and Harold Louis Valderas (1964-1972), who was appointed Judge in December 1965, but continued to handle adoptions for Homestead. The doctors were Harry H. Womack, Jack L. Turner, Frank Cohen, Hugh Parchmann, and others.
We have set up a site strictly for people who were touched by The Homestead Maternity Home and Child Placement Agency that operated in Ft. Worth, Texas from 1957-1972. All records were destroyed. The only information that still exists is an Original Birth Certificate that is housed in the Vital Statistics Department of Texas. A birth mothers name is needed to get this information released.
Please join our group for support and help with your Homestead Searches. All adoptees, birth parents, and adopted parents are welcome. Polly Speed is the Moderator/Owner of the Yahoo Group for The Homestead Maternity Home. Quite a few of our finds are coming from people remembering each other, so please come check out our group….AFTER you REGISTER with G’s Search Angels. Click on the link and join our group, as well.
At the time of the adoption adoptive parents should have received some non-identifying information. Example, birth parents ages, race, occupation, level of education, religion, physical description, hobbies, talents, or circumstances surrounding the adoption.
The adoptive parents also filed a petition to adopt. They received a final adoption decree, an adoption certificate, and issued a new birth certificate. The amended birth certificate is a legal and binding document that reflects the adoptive parents names including any name changes assigned to the adoptee.
To help in your search, some places to call or write for information is listed below.
Hospitals Used & Where to Write for Medical Records:
Harris Methodist Hospital, Health Information Services, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Ft. Worth, TX 76104, (817) 882-3580 (phone), (817) 882-3526 (fax)
All Saints Episcopal Hospital NOWBaylor Medical Center, Medical Records, 1400 8th Avenue, Ft. Worth, TX 76104, (817-927-6125 (phone), (817) 922-1552 (fax)
*You MUST call or write to receive an Authorization For Release of Patient Information form, so that your records may possibly be retrieved. Some records are still available.*
Please complete the attached form thoroughly and send back to the following:
Baylor All Saints Medical Center Attn: Release of Information 1400 8th Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76104
*Get Your Original Birth Certificate* - Call or Write:
Department of State Health Services, Texas Vital Statistics, PO Box 12040, Austin, TX 78711-2040. Central Adoption Registry (CAR), which is a central registry listing for Texas. For a fee of $20, you join and if child, birth family, etc register they will pass on the correct information. Form VS-145 is Needed to get original birth certificate. Click this link for info: http://www.dshs. state.tx. us/vs/reqproc/ adoption_ general.shtm
A gentleman named Warren Magjarevich is the one you correspond with by email email@example.com. Please send an e-mail if you have any questions or comments about the Texas Central Adoption Registry or call us at 1-888-963-7111 ext. 6279.
For a faster return, UPS or FED EX to: Texas DSHSVital Statistics, ATTN: Warren Magjarevich, 1100 W 49th Street, Austin, TX 78756 *Copy of Photo ID is Required with Application*. Send a check or money order, made payable to TX DSHS Vital Statistics for $10.00.
Do call and confirm where and who you go to. It takes a few weeks to hear anything once you request your non-id in writing. Also, if you were an adoptee and have what your adoptive parents received for non-id, it is highly suggested requesting it yourself. What parents received could have been two paragraphs, but you might received 10 pages. Hospital stay (dates), birth, surgery, follow ups, and birth records are still to be found and in storage at the medical records office in each hospital.
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