1. 1887

    I.Z.T. Morris

    In 1887, while Fort Worth was becoming a cattle destination via the Chisholm Trail, a circuit-riding Methodist minister named I.Z.T. Morris was creating Fort Worth as a destination of hope for orphaned children through the Texas Children’s Home and Aid Society.

  2. 1927

    Eda Gladney

    Edna Gladney was named Superintendent of the Texas Children’s Home.

  3. 1936

    There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents.

    Edna Gladney

    Edna Gladney’s famous argument on removing the stigma of illegitimacy from birth records before the Legislature. It made Texas the first state in the Southwest to legally remove the stigma of illegitimacy from birth records.

  4. 1941

    Blossoms in the Dust poster

    The movie “Blossoms in the Dust” starring Greer Garson highlighted the accomplishments of Edna Gladney.

  5. 1941

    The Edna Gladney Home

    In honor of her decades of service, the Board of Directors
    renamed the agency The Edna Gladney Home.

  6. 1951

    Edna Gladney successfully argued that adopted children should have the same inheritance rights as biological children.

  7. 1952

    Gladney Family Association logo

    The Houston Auxiliary was the first support group of Gladney volunteers. Today, there are 16 Gladney Family Associations (formerly Auxiliaries) operating around the country.

  8. 1963

    Ruby Lee Piester

    Ruby Lee Piester joined the staff as director of social services in 1960. In 1963 she was named executive director, a position she would hold for more than 20 years. Ruby Lee focused on the well-being of birthmothers and ensuring they received needed counseling.

  9. 1976

    1-800-452-3639

    Edna Gladney’s famous argument on removing the stigma of illegitimacy from birth records before the Legislature. It made Texas the first state in the Southwest to legally remove the stigma of illegitimacy from birth records.

  10. 1980

    National Council for Adoption Logo

    Gladney became a charter member of the National Council for Adoption (NCFA), which was organized to promote agency adoptions

  11. 1983

    The Texas Legislature enacted its Voluntary Registry Law. The Gladney Center created its own Voluntary Registry at that time, in accordance with Texas law. Gladney also operates a Sibling Registry for adopted persons born to the same birthmother or birth father.

  12. 1991

    Gladney Center for Adoption logo 1991

    The Board officially renamed the agency The Gladney Center.

  13. 1992

    Gladney’s current international adoption program expanded under the leadership of Gladney President, Michael J. McMahon in 1992. Today, Gladney maintains programs in China, Colombia and Taiwan.

  14. 2002

    Gladney Fort Worth campus

    Gladney opens its doors to a new campus at 6300 John Ryan Drive, Fort Worth, TX.

  15. 2007

    Frank Garrott

    It’s really remarkable that Gladney has celebrated over 130 years of service, and that we’re still continuing to evolve and grow.

    Frank Garrott, Gladney President & CEO
  16. 2017

    Celebrating 130 years of hope

    We are not finished when we have found homes and names for our children. It is our duty to insure and protect their futures

    Edna Gladney
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