My latest book about The Willows More Voices of The Willows and the Adoption Hub of America is available in both eBook and print version. Go to https://www.mylittlevalentinebook.com/buy-the-book/ to purchase from me or you can purchase at several online sources. In Manhattan you can purchase the book at Claflin Books http://www.claflinbooks.com/.
Fascinating look into the early 20th century world of adoption in Kansas City, Missouri. “More Voices of The Willows” is a follow up to “Mansion on a Hill: The Story of The Willows Maternity Sanitarium and the Adoption Hub of America.” Adoptees and birth mothers share heartwarming and sometimes heart wrenching reunion stories. Ranging from 1908 until 1969, these twenty-two voices express the common threads of needing to know who am I, what is my family background and medical history, fear of hurting adoptive parents’ feelings, and guilt for being forced to give up a baby under difficult circumstances.
One voice is a past Kansas governor who was a Willows baby and wrote about his being chosen by his adoptive parents. Another is an adoptee finding her ninety-year-old biological parents and learning they had eloped after finding out the young woman was pregnant. Upon telling their parents, the young bride was forced to go to The Willows and give up their baby for adoption. Readers will be amazed at the incredible story of a man who was born at The Willows, adopted multiple times, lived at Boys Town, was homeless, and eventually became a merchant marine at sixteen. These are just three of the amazing stories. Additionally, newly discovered information is given about The Willows and other maternity homes that were located in Kansas City in the early to mid-1900s.
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