PROTESTANT HOME FOR BABIES
Protestant Home for Babies was an adoption and maternity home located in the historical Garden District of New Orleans, Louisiana. PHB was established in 1926 by community women seeking to provide a shelter for destitute infants. In 1959, maternity services were added to provide short term shelter for young pregnant women. The shelter continued to provide for adoptable and homeless infants. By 1974 the community's needs for maternity home services decreased and the Board of Directors discontinued the maternity and infant shelter. A group home was established for adolescent girls in need of a nurturing home environment. In 1979, the agency's name was officially changed from Protestant Home for Babies to Raintree Services.
These mansions stand in the center of large grounds and rise, garlanded with roses, out of the midst of swelling masses of shining green foliage and many-colored blossoms. No houses could well be in better harmony with their surroundings, or more pleasing to the eye.
— Mark Twain, speaking of the Garden District.
Today, many adoptees and birth-families from the Protestant Home for Babies, and other maternity homes all over Louisiana and the United States, search for each other on the Internet. Many states still maintain sealed records and continue to keep this information sealed, even after the adoptee and the birth parents reunite by other means.
Several states have measures allowing adult adoptees access to their birth records, original birth certifictes or provide an intermediary to assist in a possible search and reunion.
Louisiana remains a sealed records state despite great efforts by proactive groups.
Protestant Home for Babies
1233 Eighth Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
I knew that someday, the internet would reveal all. And it did.
Since I was five, I've known that I was adopted, which is a politically correct term for being clueless about one's own origins.
― Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care
At the time of the adoption, the birth-parents (most often the birthmother) were asked to supply basic information concerning her family life, health, physical descriptions, education, hobbies and similar things. This information provides the basis for what is referred to in adoption circles as "non-id."
Adoptee rights are everyone's rights, and they deserve to be protected.
― DaShanne Stokes