|Emma Wylie Ballard|
Emma was born January 10, 1865 in Memphis Tennessee. Her father was an attorney. She married John M. Ballard after she moved to Dallas. She and Mr. Ballard had two children, but he died early and she was left as a single parent. She was a charter member of the YWCA and the Women's Christian Temperance Union, an officer in the Professional Women's Club and other charitable organizations.
She first worked with United Charities and then spent five and a half years at the Dallas County Juvenile Court where she was instrumental in setting up the first Dallas County Detention Home for dependent children and the Dallas County Industrial Home for delinquent girls at Elam. (Aside: I think Ms. Ballard would be mighty proud of Hope Cottage's recent funding from the Office of the Governor, Juvenile Justice Division. Click here to read more about that.) Later she became Child Welfare Director of the Dallas Humane Society, working for the well-being of the children of Dallas. It was during this time that she realized that Dallas needed to do something about the number of children that were being abandoned in the streets. The result was Hope Cottage which opened its doors on June 23, 1918. Within two weeks, Hope Cottage had outgrown its facility and was looking for a new home!
On behalf of the more than 7,000 children who have found permanent, loving homes during the past 93 years, THANK YOU Emma Wylie Ballard.
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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.