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DENVER

ADOPTION OPTIONS

Search and reunion services are available to families where the child was placed through Adoption Options. There is a fee for this service. Email info@adoption-options.com or call 303-695-1601 or 800-878-1601.

BAPTIST HOME ASSOCIATION

Lamb Memorial Hospital AKA Park Avenue Hospital. For information call 303-424-5589 or 303-861-4404

 

BOOTH MEMORIAL HOSPITAL -  SALVATION ARMY

The mothers gave birth on the premises at the Booth Memorial Hospital.  Those with difficult pregnancies were sent to Colorado General.  The original name in 1929 was Women's Home and Hospital.  This was changed in 1937 to the Salvation Army Women's Home and Hospital.  In 1940 it became the Booth Memorial Home.

The Salvation Army maintains a registry for those born at the Booth Hospital. It is a passive registry. Salvation Army Missing Person's Ministry does active searches for missing friends and family members. They request a donation of $50 to the Salvation Army, which they term a processing fee.

The Salvation Army Western Territory Headquarters holds records from Anchorage, Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego, Denver, Honolulu, Boise, Portland, El Paso, San Antonio and Spokane.

To contact:

Major Leslie Peacock

The Salvation Army

USA Western Territorial Headquarters 11th Floor

PO Box 22646

Long Beach CA 90801-5646

800-698-7728

In the past birthmoms who had forgotten were able to get the exact DOB and time of birth by contacting a local office.  I hope this may still be true by contacting the Western office above.

For general information:

The Western headquarters address is: Social Services Department

30840 Hawthorne Blvd

Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275

CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES:  CATHOLIC CHARITIES (CC)

Contact them for Non-Identifying Information

Call (720) 799-9281 or E-mail adoption@ccdenver.org

Does not appear they are participating in any search program now that records are open. https://ccdenver.org/adoption-counseling-services/adoption-resources/

If the adoption was through Catholic Charities you can call 303-742-0823. Leave a message if you get a machine and ask for a packet of information. Or write to: 2525 West Alameda Ave. Denver CO 80219

They will send you a form to Request Non-Identifying Information and a Release of Liability and Agreement to Hold Harmless. Complete these documents in full but do not sign until you are in front of the notary. The fee for this has increased to $125.  This is too high for many people.

In the past, CC ran a program where they did searches only for those who used CC as the agency of adoption.  The fee was  $600.  They used the files they have with the identifying information for the search.  They were not able to get any additional files from the county.  They also could not get a court order to open any file that they may need to finish a difficult search.  They do not have state approved CI status.

There were offices in Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Fort Collins, and Greeley.  In the 1940's Denver CC made placements out of the Amarillo TX office.

For all who need information through any Colorado Catholic Church, you can write to the Archdiocese of Denver CO 200 Josephine St. Denver CO 80206

COTTAGE HOME

1925-1930 - Has been out of existence since about 1930.  Records are at the State Archives, Department of Health section.

FLORENCE CRITTENTON HOME -- MARY DONALDSON HOSPITAL

Began in 1893 affiliated with the many homes by the same name that were spread across many states.  Florence Crittenton Homes (FCH) were a large nation-wide organization with homes across the United States. 

The home was called the Florence Crittenton Home and the Hospital where the babies were delivered [on the top floor] was called the Mary Donaldson Hospital.  All babies were born here unless there were any complications in which case they were sent to Colorado General, now called University Hospital.  We find that many adoptees who have no hospital listed on their birth certificate were born at Mary Donaldson Hospital.  We also find that babies who developed any problems right after birth were sent to CO General and may show CO General as the hospital of birth. After 1975, births may have been at St. Joseph Hospital.

While staying at the Home women were given fake names and they were known by that name among the other occupants.  Only those who got close to each other knew the real name.  Real names were used on legal documents.  We do hear of early residents of FCH using those fake names on legal documents. Mothers were required to live at the home the last month of the pregnancy, however this didn't always happen as many mothers may not have known their exact due date

Adoptions were not handled by Florence Crittenton Home.  The mothers were given a choice of who they wanted to handle the adoption.  The three most common choices were Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services, and the county adoption Department.  In the early days of FCH many of the babies were sent to the CO State Home for Children. Any information provided by the birthmother was passed along to the agency she chose for the adoption. Contact the adoption agency for non-identifying information.

The Denver Home closed as a home for unwed mothers in 1981 after being in existence since 1893.  Today it is a high school that focuses on helping pregnant and parenting teens, and called Florence Crittenton Services. In the past it was part of the Denver Public School system called Parent Pathways, Inc. 

This is the place for birthmothers to confirm the Date of Birth. 

You may call Kathy Isenhart for more information. 

 720-423-8906

Email to: kisenhart@flocritco.org

Log books start in 1911 and continue until June 1981, some are not complete. They have no records prior to 1960 other than what is contained in the log books. From 1964 on they have complete records.  These are records on those who stayed at the home, the records end at the time of the relinquishment. Again, check with the agency of adoption. 

FAIRHAVEN MATERNITY HOME

Established in 1915, ceased operation in 1966.  During some periods they also had a hospital on the grounds, run by Robert Gottschalk MD. Privately run by Delia R Lowther and her daughter Ruth Crews as the Nursing supervisor.  Later run by the granddaughter Donna Horvath-Yanz.  While it has been said that they catered to those from well to do families, some were not.  The records are held by the granddaughter. If you have had success contacting her for records, please let us know.

FAMILY & CHILDREN'S SERVICE SOCIETY

This private adoption agency is not to be confused with any state run program.  Appears to have been in existence from 1954 or earlier to 1968.  The records are now held by the State Department of Human Services.

INFANT OF PRAGUE ORPHANAGE

Orphanage opened in March 1946 as the Deanery Nursery Home, run by the Sisters of St. Francis.  Started in the building that was at one time called the St. Clara's Orphanage.   It moved numerous times  in the early days.  The Orphanage was closed in 1972.  They did their own adoptions through about 1954.  Adoptions in later years were done through Catholic Charities and they now hold most of the records for the Orphanage.  Check with the Denver Catholic Archdiocese for records.

JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN'S SERVICES

Appears to have started in 1908 and was under other names.

1355 S Colorado Blvd, suite 400 Denver CO 80222

Contact Ann Veenstra 303-759-4890

They did adoptions and had unwed mother's services.  At one time known as Denver Sheltering Home for Jewish Children and National Home for Jewish Children.

 

LUTHERAN FAMILY SERVICES

Started in 1951. Offer two services related to search and reunion.  Contact them at 303-217-5840 to confirm that the adoption did take place through LFS. They have a Birth History which is non-id at a cost of $150. The other service is a full search similar to a Confidential Intermediary for $500. Lots of info including form at https://www.lfsrm.org/programs-and-services/colorado-adoption-agency-infant-international-designated/search-reunion/

MOUNT ST VINCENT HOME

Orphanage began with the 'Orphan Trains'.  Originally called the St Vincent's Orphan Asylum started by the Catholic Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth KS.  Early records were burned in a fire that destroyed the building in 1902.  1969  to present, now a treatment center for children suffering from trauma. https://www.msvhome.org/

STATE: FORMERLY COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, FAMILY AND CHILDRENS WELFARE, PUBLIC WELFARE, CHILD WELFARE...

Now called The Department of Human Services. Seems to have gone through several name changes with the progression of lawmakers. Note:  The State did not do any adoptions, but they now hold the records of all the adoptions that were handled through the counties in Colorado.

For adoptees who were in the custody of a county human service agency before adoption:

Colorado Department of Human Services

Adoption Unit

1575 Sherman St., Second Floor

Denver, CO 80203

303-866-3228

STATE HOME FOR DEPENDENT & NEGLECTED CHILDREN

Established in 1895.  Once called Colorado State Children's Home, and then Colorado Youth Center. These records were held at the Colorado State Home, Adoption Records Division of Youth Services, but they have now been transferred to the State of Colorado, Department of Human Services, Adoption Services Unit.  Michelle Lopez can be reached by calling 303- 866-3209, or by emailing michelle.lopez2@state.co.us. She has records on the adoption of children that were a ward of the State Home for Dependent and Neglected Children prior to being adopted.  If you do not know if you were a ward of the state, then you can call her, and she will check for your records.  She has records dating from March 1896 to July 1971.

COLORADO SPRINGS 

CHRISTIAN HOME for CHILDREN & FAMILY LIFE SERVICES

This agency is still active and may have begun in about 1965.  Adoption and unwed mother's services.  Records are at: 6 W Cheyenne Rd. Colorado Springs CO 80906

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF  CENTRAL COLORADO

Assisting with non identifying information, their own Confidential Intermediary program and updating your consent in your case file.

For information contact them at 719-866-6535

Or Email: info@ccharitiescc.org

EL PASO COUNTY WELFARE

El Paso County Social Service Department 105 North Spruce Street Colorado Springs, CO 80905 719-636-0000 and fax 719-444-5599

ENGLEWOOD

COLORADO CHRISTIAN SERVICES

3959 East Arapahoe Road, Suite 200

Centennial, CO 80122

Office Phone:303-761-7236

Office Hours:8:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. (MDT) M-F

Not clear if any of the following information is still accurate:   There is no charge for the non-id information.  You can also be put on their mutual consent registry for free. There is a $50 charge to process your paperwork and have an intermediary assigned to you. You will be sent forms that must be filled out and returned to them.  It is reported that they are very nice, friendly, and do a good job with first contact.

GRAND JUNCTION

 

COMMUNITY SOCIAL SERVICES

Adoption and unwed mom's services.  This agency is now closed, and the records are with the Department of Human Services.  See above.

LAKEWOOD

LATTER DAY SAINTS SOCIAL SERVICES

Mormon agency.  Many adoptions from this agency were to homes in Utah.  They should still have records at 9590 W. 14th Ave. Lakewood CO 80215. 

PUEBLO

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES AKA Catholic Charities, CC

Adoption and unwed mother’s services was established in 1941.  They had a branch office in Grand Junction.

It is not clear whether they offer any reunion or non-id information. 719-544-4233

FAMILY SOCIAL SERVICES

Associated with Catholic Charities.  The Records for non-Catholics are with the Pueblo County Department of Social Services.  Records for Catholics are with CC, above.

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