My books are dedicated to my beloved mother and grandmothers.

To all the young women who were heartbroken giving up their babies for adoption
and to those children born at the Willows and other facilities—never give up hope in making the connection you are seeking.

Missouri Historical Marker for The Willows

Phil Samuell has started a GoFundMe page to raise money to place a historical marker for The Willows Maternity Sanitarium at 2929 Main Street. Phil was born at The Willows in 1950 and now lives in Ohio. His sister was a Willows baby adopted in 1945. On his way through Kansas City this year, he went to 2929 Main Street to see if the building was still there. So many Willows’ alums travel to this location to try and see if The Willows still is standing. Phil had a great idea to put up a marker that would share a little information about The Willows for others who might travel there. He has researched how to get one made and working on getting the location secured to put up the sign. Once it is in place he wants to hold a dedication ceremony and make have lunch at Union Station. If you would like to donate to this cause, Phil has established a GoFundMe page link below. If you have any questions, feel free to email me. Thanks so much.

Check out the new film Unintended by Colleen Bradford Krantz.

An investigative journalist digs up century-old tales of unplanned pregnancies outside of marriage, confronting the price of shame as described by the couples’ descendants. She takes the readers along during the limited series – in an over-the-shoulder-of-the-journalist style reminiscent of Serial – and discovers that not everyone is ready to acknowledge their ancestors’ pasts, even 100 years later. First episode was released May 1, 2020 at Vimeo on Demand, followed by two more on June 1 (includes The Willows) and July 1, 2020.

Watch the trailer:





Mansion on a Hill: The Story of The Willows Maternity Sanitarium and the Adoption Hub of America, is now in print!

I have a surprise for all those who spent time at The Willows. My friend Anita, who shared Anita’s Story in Mansion on a Hill, has a film her father Dr. J. P. Free made in 1949. It was a 16 mm film and I was able to get it converted to a digital format. It shows Anita’s parents picking her up at The Willows. It’s just one minute in length but fun to see the outside of the building. The smile on the faces shows the joy of having their new baby girl. At the same time, it is sad to realize the heartache the girls felt, like my grandma, having to leave behind their baby. Click on the link below to see the video.

1949 Video of The Willows