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.

 

My new book, Mansion on a Hill: The Story of The Willows Maternity Sanitarium and the Adoption Hub of America, is available! 

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