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ORPHANAGES AND HOMES

DENVER

 

AFFILIATEDCHILDREN'S FAMILY SERVICES INC

For African American children in 1977.  Appears that though they started some adoptions none were ever completed.  No records.

AMERICAN LEGION CHILD WELFARE

Under the auspices of the American Legion.  Residential care of children.  No records available.  Headquarters is in Indianapolis IN.

CLAYTON HOME FOR BOYS

Care for boys 6 to 18 years.  1911.  No known adoptions or records.

 

COLORADO CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY

Records may be at Human Services.

COLORADO CHRISTIAN HOME

Established as part of the 'Orphan Trains'.  Primarily an orphanage but did do some adoptions.  Records can be found at Tennyson Center 4325 W. 29th Av Denver CO 80212.  Sharon Carr 303-433-8002

DENVER CHILDREN'S HOME

Part of the 'Orphans Train' now a residential treatment center.  Richard Wong 303-399-4890

HOUSE OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD

For problem and delinquent girls operated by the Catholic Sisters of the Good Shepherd.  Records may be at the Department of Institutions.  Can also check with the Archdiocese of Denver.

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.

J. K. MULLEN HOME FOR BOYS

Catholic day school run by the Christian Brothers of the Catholic Church and residential care for orphan boys.  For possible records try the Little Sisters of the Poor 3629 W 29th Av Denver CO

Phone: 303-761-1764.   Records ext. 3307 or alumni office ext. 3336

MCDONALD'S MATERNITY HOSPITAL

1925 through at least 1947.  No records found.

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/

QUEEN OF HEAVEN ORPHANAGE 

1902 to 1970 Catholic home for orphan girls.  Mother Cabrini Memorial School run by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. No records of adoptions, no records found. See below.

 

SAINT CLARA ORPHANAGE

Run by the Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary.  No records of adoptions.

Sacramental records for Saint Clara's and Queen of Heaven are held in the Archdiocese Archives.

Archdiocese of Denver

https://archden.org/archives/

Contact
Karyl Klein
Archivist
303-715-3144
Karyl.Klein@archden.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.

PUEBLO

HOLY FAMILY ORPHANAGE

Catholic orphanage run by the Capuchin Sisters.  Records can be found at the Western Research Library in Pueblo. Robert Collyer has done a great deal of work in finding these old records.  He also has records for McClelland Orphanage.  To contact him call (719) 543-7211 or write to him, 7A Windbridge Lane, Pueblo, CO  81001

LINCOLN HOME

A private institution for African American children established in 1905.  No known adoptions.

2723 North Grand, Pueblo CO 81003

MCCLELLAND ORPHANAGE FOUNDATION

In operation in the early part of this century through at least 1930.  It is now called the McClelland School.  I have been told that some records for McClelland Orphanage can be found at the Western Research Library in Pueblo. Robert Collyer has done a great deal of work in finding these old records.  To contact him call (719) 543-7211 or write to him, 7A Windbridge Lane, Pueblo, CO  81001

SACRED HEART ORPHANAGE

Catholic home for emotionally disturbed teens. Might check with the Archdiocese.

WESTMINSTER

BELLEVIEW SCHOOL 

No records

WESTMINSTER SCHOOL

Run by the Pillar of Fire Church.  No records

WESTMINSTER SHELTER CARE

Division of Human Services. 7640 Lowell Blvd Westminster CO 80030

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