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Re: Iowa Childrens Home Society


Posted By: Lindsay Heabel (email)
Date: 5/19/2023 at 21:39:16

In Response To: Re: Iowa Childrens Home Society (Lesley Gunnells-Ramos )

I have copies of original documents from the Iowa Children's Home Society from 1944-1947 regarding my dad's adoption. I can share them via email as attachments. It was located at 304 1/2 Street, Davidson Building, Room 209, Des Moines. Margaret Bock was the social worker who placed my dad with his adoptive parents. She actually came to my grandfather's funeral in Cedar Rapids. There's a building named after her in CR, but she was a placement social worker in Des Moines for years. I'm looking for my dad's birthmother's family.
If there's anything I can do to help, please let me know. I'm ordering his original birth certificate. He was turned down by a judge twice, most recently when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and the University of Iowa asked for genetic information to treat him. The last judge was really nasty to him, that was in 2016. He died in 2020.
Again, I'm happy to share the documents I have from the Iowa Children's Home Society.

Thank you, Lindsay

Below is my dad's story:
Born Craig Stephen Kimrey, Adoptive name, Thomas Lee Heabel. DOB 4/30/1945 - 12/28/2020
Birthfather's name was Hugh Benjamin Kimrey. 10/16/22 - 9/12/1944
My father and I researched many records based upon documentation we had from records he received from his adoptive parents. He submitted his DNA to Ancestry which helped locate and confirm his birth family. My dad passed away in 2020 and he really wished located his birth mother's family. We were told they were German and possibly Jewish. His mother may have been in her teens and was staying at friends of the family baby sitting in July of 1944 in Indianola. She may have been from the Quad Cities and tried to keep my father to raise. His birthfather sadly died in WWII about a month and a half after he was conceived, on 9/12/1944, he was a radio operator in the Pacific Theatre. The social worker for my dad found his adoptive parents in November of 1945 and the adoption was finalized in April of 1947. A last name for his birthmother's family may have been Herschberg, Hershberg, Herschberger, or possibly Hirschberger. He may have been named after a family member on his mother's side, Craig or possibly Stephen. I would love to complete my dad's story for him. Any help would be welcome. I am adopted as well and my birthparents found me in 1989 when I was 20 years old. My brother was adopted and I'm searching for his family as well. Thank you.

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