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The Willows Home/Kansas City.

Linda Shephard (View posts)
Posted: 17 Feb 2003 12:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Law
Does anyone have any information on the Willows Home for unwed mothers in Kansas City, Missouri? What ever happened to the files from the home?
Regards,Linda.

Re: The Willows Home/Kansas City.

Posted: 2 Mar 2003 3:51AM GMT
Classification: Query
It is generally believed that the Willows records were destroyed when they went out of business in the late 1960's. (I was also born at the Willows.) Are you aware that if you were adopted in Kansas City, you can petition the Circuit Court-Juvenile Division in Kansas City for your non-identifying information and request that the court contact your birth parents? This has been the procedure in Missouri since the law changed in 1986. The person doing the research for the court has the sealed file, so they would have the name of your birth mother (or birth parents) and thus be able to search. If the birth mother\parents is\are found by the court researcher, she\they would then be asked if she\they want a meeting with you. I was able to find my birth mother through this process. Also, the state of Missouri keeps a registry for adoptees and birth parents who are searching.

In addition, there is currently legislation that has been introduced in the Missouri legislature that would allow adult adoptees to obtain their original birth certificates. Similar legislation has been introduced in the previous sessions and was never passed. If you are living in Missouri, you might want to familiarize yourself with the legislation and contact your state legislators to encourage them to support it.

Judith

Re: The Willows Home/Kansas City.

Jody (View posts)
Posted: 1 Jul 2003 6:23AM GMT
Classification: Query
How does one get access to the Missouri Registry? Looking for a male born at the Willows, Kansas City, Mo., but spent about 3 months at Children Mercy Hospital because was preemie. Birthdate was June 29, 1962. Adopted by Railroad Exec. family in Kansas.

Re: The Willows Home/Kansas City.

Judith (View posts)
Posted: 2 Jul 2003 12:31AM GMT
Classification: Query
The Adoption Registry is kept by the Missouri Department of Social Services. Since the existence of the registry is not well publicized, it is unlikely that both the birth parents and the adoptee would be registered, although it is worth a shot. If the birth parents are no longer living in Missouri, they most likely wouldn't know about it. (Most members of the adoption triad who do live in Missouri don't know about it.) You are much better off petitioning the Juvenile Court in the Missouri location where the adoption took place. They will give you the non-identifying information and start a search with the information from the sealed files. That information is unavailable to you. By law, they have to do this search for you.

To get to the Adoption Registry, do a Google search using the words: Missouri Adoption Registry. That will lead you the website.

Good luck.

Judith Rose

Re: The Willows Home/Kansas City.

Chris Gibbs (View posts)
Posted: 30 Jul 2005 12:03AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello! I have a 1/2 sibling who was born at Willows (we think) in KCMO in the late 1960s. What possibility is there for searching birth siblings to find each other in Missouri?

Re: The Willows Home/Kansas City.

Posted: 5 Oct 2008 9:13PM GMT
Classification: Query

If you have any other info, see if it matches my search:
male, born may 21, 1963 Rolla, Missouri possibly had siblings all taken for adoption. He was adopted by surname Pease

Re: The Willows Home/Kansas City.

Posted: 28 Nov 2008 11:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
I don't think Rolla, MO has anything to do with The Willows, which was located in Kansas City, MO. That would be Jackson County.

Re: The Willows Home/Kansas City.

Posted: 10 May 2009 7:15PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 May 2009 11:03PM GMT
Hi,

I am searching for information also from the Willows. When you say, by law, they have to do this search for you...is that the non-identifying information? Any help would greatly be appreciated.
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