Tuesday, November 1, 2011

We've Moved!

You might have been wondering just where the Hope Cottage Blog has been.  Over the past couple of months, we have been busily working to update our webpage.  Between that project and our Friends of deVille Golf Tournament, we haven't had time to blog! 

But we are back, however, the Hope Cottage blog has a new home.  Our blog is now hosted on our website at www.hopecottage.org/blog.  Thanks for following us and visit us at our new home and read our November posts - 30 Days of Gratitude. 

Thanks!


HopeCottage 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

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

750,000 Teens Pregnant Each Year - What Hope Cottage is Doing About It

In battling the teen pregnancy crises sweeping the nation, Hope Cottage educates teenagers about the realities of the issue.  Did you know that 750,000 girls become pregnant each year in the United States?  Did you know that Dallas is rated the NUMBER ONE city for repeat teen pregnancies in the nation?  Don't feel badly - most teens don't know these facts either.  These numbers are staggering and continue to rise.

Statistics prove teen pregnancy is taxing on both youth and community resources and reflect an overall misunderstanding about the realities of being a teen parent.  To address these issues, Hope Cottage offers a free presentation, Teen Mentoring and Prevention (TMAP).  TMAP focuses on the challenges of teen pregnancy while including an interactive life skills lesson about effective decision making.  TMAP is not a sex education program - it is a fact based, age appropriate discussion about a situation that is too easily becoming the norm.  Teachers appreciate how TMAP complements TEKS objectives.  TMAP empowers teens with the knowledge and skills to confidently advocate for teen pregnancy prevention in both the lives of area teens and the lives of their peers. 

In the 2010-2011 school year,  Hope Cottage  delivered TMAP presentations to more than 1,000 students in schools throughout DFW.  If you are interested in learning more about TMAP or scheduling a presentation, contact Christina Easton at 214.526.8721, ext 203 or CEaston@hopecottage.org


HopeCottage 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.

So Excited About Partnering With WIC

The mission statement of Hope Cottage is "Building strong families through education, counseling and adoption."  Education is the first charge.  Hope Cottage has beefed up its efforts to educate people about adoption:  how it works, how it has changed over the years, the laws, etc.  Education Coordinator Heather Hussong shares recent outreach efforts to a local WIC office. 

Attempts to education Dallas County WIC offices about Hope Cottage’s services, and how to discuss the option of adoption, led to an appointment with a field service coordinator in an upper level office of Dallas County’s Health and Human Services Building.  Parking is scarce.  Dallas County residents travel here for assistance with STD testing, welfare, housing, and immunizations.  Sights are set on the agency with a commitment to pregnant women and children.  Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a health and nutrition program with a successful record for improving the diet of infants, children, and pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women who are at risk for nutrition-related illness.

With the email received from the WIC coordinator reporting, “I think that the subject of adoption might be a very sensitive one for most of our WIC participants… we want to be able to refer moms who directly ask for the information about adoption,” there is confidence in the offer for education on infant adoption.  Often those in need of nutritional support face challenges in other areas of pregnancy and/or parenting.  The calm and steady presence of WIC caseworkers, nurses, and dieticians offers an environment where a woman or couple may communicate parenting concerns they may not feel safe enough to communicate elsewhere.  The field coordinator’s passion for helping all members of the adoption triad is evident as she discusses helping an adoptive mother breastfeed, support birth parents need as they face difficult decisions, and her description of infants being born into situations they do not invite. 

While adoption is not for everyone, it cannot be denied education about adoption is for everyone serving pregnant and parenting women.  Dallas County WIC has scheduled three separate Understanding Infant Adoption trainings in an effort to reach as many staff as possible.  In the months of November, December, and January, Hope Cottage will return to teach WIC workers the history of adoption, types of adoption, neutral adoption language, legal rights, referral resources, and special issues dealing with birthfathers and teens.  Hope Cottage is proud to partner with WIC as part of The Infant Adoption Training Initiative.

Learn more about The Infant Adoption Training Initiative at:  www.iaatp.org

Learn more about Dallas County WIC at: http://www.dallascityhall.com/housing/wic_program.html

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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

In Memorium - Gussie Louise Collins

Earlier this year, Betti King e-mailed Hope Cottage with this message: "I saw on your website that you are looking for the oldest Hope Baby and I think I might have her. It is my mother, Gussie Louise Collins. She was born in August 1922 and is living here in Waco."


Maybe it was the twinkle in her eye. Maybe it was a sense of spunk, but Baby Gussie was adopted from Hope Cottage at the age of six weeks. That was at a time when most babies lived at Hope Cottage until they were six to nine months old to make sure they were healthy and that adoption was what the birth family desired. Gussie's parents were no strangers to the adoption process, having adopted their son twelve years earlier.


Gussie's mother died when she was ten and Gussie was sent to live at Buckner Children's Home until her father felt he could care for her. Two years later, her father remarried and came to Buckner to take Gussie back home to Teague, TX, but Gussie refused to go. She told her father she preferred to stay with her friends at Buckner Children's Home and that is where she remained until she graduated from high school. Gussie had a great sense of adventure working in Washington, D.C. during World War II and living on a military Army base in Alaska, all while raising her three children. Almost her entire career was spent working for governmental agencies. Her children said, "Mother loved people, loved being with them. She always looked like she stepped right out of a fashion magazine."

Gussie and her children
Gussie with her children (l to r) Betti King, Ralph Calhoon and James Reid

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.
Mrs. Collins returned to Hope Cottage in the early 1990's and with information provided by our post adoption department, she reunited with another brother and a sister. She passed away earlier this spring in Waco where she resided near her children Bettie, Ralph and Jim.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hope Babies and Summer Fun Part II

Every Tuesday Hope Cottage, Dallas' oldest non profit, non sectarian adoption agency shares pictures from its archives.  This week we are featuring Hope Babies and Summer Fun 2011.  Enjoy!
...saw my first parade

...kept cool by playing with ice!



HopeCottage 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.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hope Cottage and Alley's House - Working to Address Teen Pregnancy









On July 20 Hope Cottage delivered a very successful Adoption 101 presentation to staff members at Alley’s House, a Dallas based non-profit organization whose mission is to empower teen moms in order to forever end a cycle of poverty that, otherwise, would likely be passed on to their children. Alley’s House provides a number of free services to pregnant/parenting teen moms including case management services, mentoring programs, support groups, computer training, high school/GED tutoring, on the job office training, life skills workshops, and counseling services. Most clients are self-referred or referred by CPS or schools, and are between the ages of 13 and 21.

After the presentation, Hope Cottage Training Coordinator Heather Hussong sat down with Alley’s House Executive Director, Allison Whitehead, to discuss how Alley’s House is changing lives.



HH:  How is Alley’s House addressing the issue of teen pregnancy?

AW:  Alley’s House requires active clients to sign an agreement they will not get pregnant again while an active client. The success rate of this agreement is 96%. Teen parents receive counseling to address current needs and demands of a teen parent.


HH:  How are pregnant/parenting teen girls benefiting from the services offered at Alley’s House?

AW:  Alley’s House offers client support they would not have otherwise. Case managers and programs services provide clients with an individualized plan.


HH:  What is the ultimate goal of Alley’s House services?

AW:  To help girls become independent by creating and being involved in their own plan to be successful parents. Most moms think life is over when they become pregnant because they think they have no options. Alley’s House helps them create goals for their future and build self esteem to achieve those goals.

 HH:  What can a pregnant/parenting teen mom expect when joining Alley’s House?

AW:  Support.
 
HH:  At the end of the day, what is your biggest reward?

AW:  Seeing teen mothers feel empowered and aware they have a say and choices. That is when they get that they can take action.

After the Adoption 101 presentation by Hope Cottage, staff at Alley's House decided to include information about adoption, if the client expressed an interest, during the first visit with a new client. 

To learn more about Alley’s House, visit their website. 

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


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

School starts next week - at least in the DFW area.
      Pencils - check
      Backpack - check
      Lunch - check     
      Binders/folders/box of Kleenex - check
      Information about adoption - WHAT? 
Don't assume that your child's teacher knows anything about adoption, much less about your adoption. 

Your child's teacher might get a little confused if he/she hears your child talking about his/her "other mother/birthmother/tummy mummy/firstmother" or "birthfather".   

Older children might be a little stumped when asked to provide geneology information for a project. 

You don't want your child singled out just because there is an adoption in your family, but you do want to be proactive for your child.  Adoptive Families magazine offers several resources that can help.   AND you can always call Hope Cottage for suggestions!


Is Your Child Ready for School?  Does she know how to field adoption questions that might come her way? by Carol Rogers


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.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Picture Tuesday - Hope Babies and Summer Fun Part II

Every Tuesday, Hope Cottage - Dallas' oldest nonprofit, non sectarian adoption agency shares pictures from its archives.  During August we are featuring pictures of Hope Babies and their summer activities.  Enjoy!
...caught a Rangers game
...visted the Nasher

...celebrated with family..all four children are Hope Babies!



HopeCottage 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.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Picture Tuesday - Hope Babies and Summer Fun!

Each Tuesday, Hope Cottage - Dallas' oldest non profit, non sectarian adoption agency shares photos from its archives.  Today we are featuring pictures of Hope Babies, of all ages, having summer fun!  Enjoy...
Spending time with friends...
having my very first swim...

Visiting with family...





HopeCottage 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 unwanted pregnancy and would like to talk to someone about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 1.800.944.4464 or 214.404.4546.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Meet the Staff - Sabrina Nottingham


Sabrina Nottingham
Hope Cottage Business Manager, Sabrina Nottingham has a soft spot for animals - so soft at one time she had ten pets including dogs, ducks, a ferret, an Iguana, frog, turtles, rats, a rabbit and a bearded dragon.  Her menagerie has downsized a bit.  Currently she has two dogs, Liberty and Justice, a gecko named Geico and a beta fish named Alph.  Sabrina says she would love to start a nonprofit that helps animals. 

Meanwhile she is helping our families and staff here at Hope Cottage.  Sabrina keeps our facilities running and works with waiting to adopt families on the financial and background part of their paperwork.  She also handles payables, receivables, payroll (yay!) and our vendors. 

Sabrina has been with Hope Cottage a total of ten years.  She has her MBA from American Intercontinental University.  Her favorite thing about Hope Cottage is that they build safe families for children and babies. 

Sabrina is also a volunteer extraordinaire.  She has volunteered for pet shelters, the Dallas Zoo, the Boys Scouts of America and Mesquite Community Services.  She is currently a youth leader for 7th -12th graders at Bethany Lighthouse Church in Garland.  She likes to workout, watch movies and spend time with her friends and family.  AND she is a pizza eating queen, having won a contest at CiCi's Pizza by eating 36 full slices. 

HopeCottage 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 unwanted pregnancy and would like to talk to someone about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 1.800.944.4464 or 214.404.4546.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Picture Tuesday

Every Tuesday Hope Cottage, Dallas' oldest nonprofit, nonsectarian adoption agency shares pictures from its archives.  Enjoy!




HopeCottage 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.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What is a Failed Match?

sad coupleWhat does it mean when you get the call that you have been "matched" with a birthmother. And what does it mean when there is a "failed match"?"

A "match" occurs when a birthmother or birthparents have chosen the adoptive parents. A match is said to have "failed" when the birthmother or birthparents change their mind and decide to parent. Most of the time this occurs after the birth of the child. In Texas, birthmothers cannot relinquish their parental rights until at least 48 hours after delivery. They can take longer, but they cannot sign the papers until 48 hours has passed. Until the papers are signed, a birthmother can decide to parent. Once the papers are signed though, there is no going back. No 30 days to change her mind, like in some states.

Well, that is a little cut and dried isn't it? Let's just be up front and admit that a "failed match" is heartbreak. It is sad. It is full of grief. It is a loss. You cannot help but get excited - a birthmother has chosen YOU! And then your world crashes in. The words coming out of your mouth are wishing this woman well, and wanting the very best for this child, but your heart is screaming NO!

How do you cope? You grieve. You cry.
  • Let your friends and family help you.
  • Know that each of you will grieve in your own way. If one partner isn't crying, that doesn't mean they aren't grieving. Be there for each other.
  • Know that some people, not knowing WHAT to say, but wanting to offer comfort, will invariably say the wrong thing. Forgive them.
  • Don't give yourself a time table to "feel better". Every person and every situation is unique.

Hope Family Julie and Steven Saal chronicled their adoption journey and their failed matches on their blog "Life is Simple, It's Just Not Easy". Often, the best resource we can offer is someone who has been down the road before you.

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 unwanted pregnancy and would like to talk to someone about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 1.800.944.4464 or 214.404.4546.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Picture Tuesday

Every Tuesday, Hope Cottage - Dallas' oldest nonprofit, nonsectarian adoption agency shares pictures from its archives.  Enjoy!

What a smile!



Hope Babies are the cutest babies!

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 unwanted pregnancy and would like to talk to someone about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 1.800.944.4464 or 214.404.4546.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Picture Tuesday

Every Tuesday, Hope Cottage, Dallas' oldest nonprofit, nonsectarian adoption agency shares pictures from its archives.  Enjoy!
Proud New Parents

Looking quite dapper


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 unwanted pregnancy and would like to talk to someone about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 1.800.944.4464 or 214.404.4546.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Meet the Staff - Jennifer Terry

Jennifer Terry, LMSW
Calm, reassuring and supportive are just three of the words that come to mind when you want to describe Jennifer Terry, Infant Adoption Coordinator for Hope Cottage.  Jennifer earned her B.S. in Social Work from Texas Woman's University and her Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) from the University of Texas at Arlington.  Prior to coming to Hope Cottage three years ago, Jennifer also worked with victims of domestic violence and the mentally ill. 

As the Infant Adoption Coordinator, Jennifer supervises five employees and oversees all aspects of that program, including counseling and education for Waiting to Adopt Families and Pregnancy Services for Birthfamilies. 

When we asked Jennifer what she liked to do in her spare time, she said "with two children under two years of age, there is no such thing as spare time!"  She does enjoy spending time with her family and if it can be near a beach or in the water - that makes it even sweeter.  In fact, Jennifer once scuba dived in a six million gallon indoor aquarium at Disney World-Epcot.  That aquarium is the world's second largest aquarium and is filled with brown sharks, manatees, sting rays and even a 600 pound grouper!

Jennifer says the best part of working at Hope Cottage is being part of the process of building families through adoption.  Jennifer brings a special skill set to that process - she herself is an adoptee. 


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 unwanted pregnancy and would like to talk to someone about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 1.800.944.4464 or 214.404.4546.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Picture Tuesday

Every Tuesday, Hope Cottage - Dallas' oldest nonprofit, nonsectarian adoption agency, shares photos from its archives.  Enjoy!
Her baby doll is almost as big as she is!
What a cutie!  Love all those curls!



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 unwanted pregnancy and would like to talk to someone about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 1.800.944.4464 or 214.404.4546.



Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Meet the Staff - Brooks Quinlan

Brooks Quinlan, LMSW-AP
Hope Cottage Director of Programs Brooks Quinlan, LMSW-AP is a card carrying member of the Who Dat Nation, growing up in Bay St Louis, not too far from New Orleans like he did. Brooks is coming up on his two year anniversary at Hope Cottage, having joined the organization in August 2009. He earned his BS in Sociology at the University of Southern Alabama and his Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama (can you say Roll Tide?). When asked what drew him to social work, Brooks replied "It was the only way I could find to make a difference in this world before I left it and get paid...a little." In addition to adoption work, Brooks has also worked with at risk youth and juvenile detention. He also started the Post Adoption  Program for the County of West Berkshire, United Kingdom.  We once asked Brooks why he moved lock, stock and barrel for a job in England and he replied "I was single and had the opportunity.  Why not go?"

As the Director of Programs at Hope Cottage, Brooks manages a staff of nine and has the responsibility of overseeing all adoption programs, post adoption work, counseling and our Youth and Professional Education Programs. Brooks has perseverence too - he has hiked more than 700 miles on the Appalachian Trail.

Outside of the office, Brooks can be found spending time on the water, playing his guitar and singing - with his wife and dog. A little known fact about Brooks? He hates mushrooms!

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 unwanted pregnancy and would like to talk to someone about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 1.800.944.4464 or 214.404.4546.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Teacher and the Marshall

Jerry Cline
"I exist on the whim of an 1869 Comanche raiding party in Central Texas".  Thus begins Hope Baby Jerry Cline's book Born and Raised:  An American Story of Adoption

Jerry was adopted from Hope Cottage in 1939 by King and Bertha Cline.  His parents never kept his adoption a secret from him.  As was the custom at the time, his adoption was closed meaning neither he nor his parents had any information about his birthparents, but Jerry says he always felt special because he was chosen by his parents out of all the little babies at Hope Cottage.  In 1985, Jerry started his quest to find out more about his birthparents.  His search started where his story all began - at Hope Cottage.  Because all adoption records were sealed at the time of his birth, the information that Hope Cottage could release at that time was brief  without any specific names or places that could identify his birthparents.  Most surprising of all is 1) he learned his birthfather was 72 when Jerry was born and 2) nurses at Hope Cottage originally named him Monte.  Jerry put the information aside for 16 years.
Jerry's Parents - 1946
 King (back row, right) and Bertha (front row, right)

Prompted by a friend, Jerry picked up again his search in 2000.  At this point both his parents had passed away .  He says "However sad, their passing removed a psychological barrier.  I think subconsciously that while they were alive, I had not wanted to do anything that they might interpret as undermining to their position as my real parents."  In April 2001, a Dallas judge opened Jerry's adoption records and the search was on. 



Without giving away too much of the story, Jerry learned that his birthmother was Pearl A. Tullis (1901-1992) and his birthfather was Daniel "Dee" Harkey (1866-1958). Harkey was a famous lawman in the Old West and had even written a book entitled Mean as Hell - The Life of New Mexico Lawman.  During his career as a Marshall,  Dee Harkey rubbed shoulders with  Billy the Kid,  the Dalton Gang and Pat Garrett.  What progressed in Jerry's search and the family history he discovered provides an absolutely fascinating glimpse into life on the Texas frontier post Civil War.  How did a lawman from Carlsbad, New Mexico meet up with a genteel Southern school teacher from Louisiana 35 years his junior?  You will just have to read the book!


Dee Harkey
Pearl Tullis





















And where does the opening line in the book fit in?  In 1869, a Comanche raiding party found the Harkey ranch too great a temptation to resist - thirteen children, the oldest only 17, running the family spread after both parents died.  For whatever reason, after terrorizing the family for two days,  the Indians decided to only take the horses and spared the lives of the family, thus ensuring that Dee Harkey would grow to manhood and father Jerry Cline. 

Jerry Cline is a mathematician.  He earned his BA and MS degrees from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.  His research specialty is Celestial Mechanics.  In addition, Dr. Cline served on the adjunct mathematics faulty at Washington University in St. Louis from 1967-2004.  He lives in St. Louis with his wife Phyllis.  He has two sons, two daughters-in-law and three granddaughters. 

To order your copy of the book, visit one of these websites:  http://www.jerrykcline.com/,   http://www.xlibris.com/ and http://www.amazon.com/


The Cline Family
Christmas 2010

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 unwanted pregnancy and would like to talk to someone about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 1.800.944.4464 or 214.404.4546.







Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Picture Tuesday

Every Tuesday, Hope Cottage, Dallas' oldest nonprofit, nonsectarian adoption agency, shares pictures from its archives.  Enjoy "Keeping Cool  at Hope Cottage"!





Nothing beats a shady porch!


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 unwanted pregnancy and would like to talk to someone about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 1.800.944.4464 or 214.404.4546.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's Our Birthday

Tomorrow, Hope Cottage, Dallas' oldest non profit, nonsectarian adoption agency turns 93!  Come join the party by watching our Birthday Video - and be sure to share it with a friend!




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 unwanted pregnancy and would like to talk to someone about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 1.800.944.4464 or 214.404.4546.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Picture Tuesday - You Did This!

Every Tuesday, Hope Cottage shares pictures from its archives.  On Thursday (June 23rd) Hope Cottage turns 93.  Let's take a walk down Memory Lane.

Hope Watson (later Rohr) was one of the first babies placed at Hope Cottage.  She came to us after we had only been open two weeks.  Both her mother and aunt died in the 1918 Influenza epidemic when she was only two weeks old.  Hope was named after Hope Cottage and for the hope that she would live.  Hope Watson Rohr passed away in October 2010.  One of the highlights of her life was returning to Hope Cottage in the late 80's for one of our reunion events.


The House the Community Built.  Site of the present day Scottish Rite Hospital playground, this was Hope Cottage from 1922 - 1978.  Ladies of Dallas visited Hope Cottage in our little home in The Cedars and were aghast at the lack of amenities (screens on the windows, not enough room).  As women will do, once they see a need, they set out to provide solutions.  They cajoled and probably badgered their husbands into raising $50,000 to build Hope Cottage a new house.   This was the result.  A fine Georgian home for our babies. 


Founder Emma Wylie Ballard used to drive around town in a car just like this one, except hers had a stork on the front.  She would pick up abandoned babies and solicit donations.  Everyone could hear her coming and knew exactly why she was there.  Hope Cottage didn't charge adoption fees until the 1950's, so we truly relied on the community and Community Chest to provide support.


Thousands of  children have come and gone through the front doors of Hope Cottage.  When all the beds were full, we would hang up a sign that said "No More Babies Taken".  Once a little tot was adopted, and a bed freed up, down would come the sign. 


We no longer live on Welborn Street and we no longer house babies in our offices (how would we ever get anything done because you know Hope Babies are the brightest, the cutest, the smartest babies on the face of the earth), but our commitment to providing the best homes for these wonderful children has never wavered.  We could not have stayed "in business" for 93 years without Dallas and her caring, loving citizens.  From all our Hope Babies, near and far - thank you for helping us celebrate our birthday.  Being 93 never felt so good!










Hope Babies from 1927-2011







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 unwanted pregnancy and would like to talk to someone about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 1.800.944.4464 or 214.404.4546.