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Fort Worth Flashback: Edna Gladney fought for adoption rights in Texas

Posted April 9, 2012

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Fort Worth’s Edna Gladney Center for Adoption celebrates its 125th anniversary this month.

For 33 years, Edna Gladney served as superintendent of the Texas Children’s Home and Aid Society.

Gladney championed breakthrough legislation, leading two fights for major change in adoption practices.

First, in 1936 when, thanks to her efforts, a bill passed that made Texas the first state in the Southwest to legally remove the stigma of illegitimacy from birth records.

The second battle resulted in a bill being passed in 1951 that gave adopted children the same inheritance rights as biological children and recognized that they should be legally adopted rather than placed in long-term guardianship.

Also during Gladney’s tenure, services were expanded to birth mothers when a small hospital was purchased in 1949 so women could have a place to receive medical care during their pregnancies. In addition to the hospital, the agency operated a Baby Home, where infants received care until their adoption.

A weekend-long celebration will observe 125 years of the Edna Gladney Center April 26-28.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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