During our 94th Birthday Year, Hope Cottage will periodically share “Blasts from the Past” we have in our scrapbooks. Enjoy this little glimpse into Hope Cottage history and thank you for 94 years of helping children find loving, permanent homes!
The date on this article was July 1921, but no indication of the newspaper of origin was given.
New Law Cause of Overcrowding Hope Cottage
Hope Cottage Nursery
Enforcement of the recently enacted State maternity bill is responsible for the present overcrowded condition of Hope Cottage, Mrs. Emma Wylie Ballard, director of child welfare department of the Dallas County Humane Society, declared yesterday.
The provision of the bill prohibiting the keeping of institutions for the care of babies, or maternity hospitals, without license resulted in the population of Hope Cottage doubling within a comparatively short time, Mrs. Ballard said.
Prior to the enactment of the State law foundlings were kept in the handiest place. The city ordinance was in effect, and babies at Hope Cottage then were largely from Dallas. Since its enactment babies from Dallas County have been sent to Hope Cottage, and although the capacity was only twenty-five, there are now fifty being cared for, Mrs. Ballard said. Nine maternity homes and hospitals in Dallas county are sending babies to Hope Cottage for care at this time according to Dr. W.T.Davidson, Director of Public Health.
Hope Cottage is the oldest nonprofit, non sectarian adoption agency in Dallas. Since 1918 Hope Cottage has been building and nurturing strong families through counseling, education and adoption services.
If you have questions about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 214.526.8721.
If you are a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy and would like to talk to someone about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 1.800.944.4464 or 214.404.4546.