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I want to find out any/all info that I possibly can about this home. My birthmother Joan Marie Hickey stayed there with me until birth...I think I was born at St. John's in Yonkers...can anyone tell me if I am correct with the hospital info...did all the wowen give birth at this hospital????? Hugs, Brenda
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Hi Brenda,
I was at St. Faith's during the very early months of 1963, and had my son at St. John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers. That's were all the St. Faith's babies were born at that time.
Carolyn
I am looking for a birthmother that gave birth to a boy 1-3-63 and was from the St. Faith Home. Can you help me
Marilyn Rose
Pasadena, TX
281-991-1467
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Yes, I belive most women from St. Faith's delivered at St. John's, Riverside. Also, many of the adoptions were handled by Westchester Family Services.
Peace,
Aunt Patty
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I am one of the ones born in ny, and adopted out to ct...i am searching for birth family, or at least a medical history...but now i live in SC, so im not real sure where to go? I received my non id info from family sevices of westchester....it mentions i was Christened, but she wasnt allowed to tell anyone what name i was given
Does anyone have any suggestions? Oh...i was born june 30 1969.
First thing -- Protestant or Catholic. If Protestant, you were probably christened at the Episcopal Church next door to St Faith's -- well, in the chapel between the 2 buildings. Christ Episcopal Church, 43 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591, 914-631-2074. They are willing to look through their records for a date. If you were born June 30, you were probably christened on July 10th.
If you are Catholic, they amend, from what I understand, their records to reflect your adopted name.
Good luck!
Thanks for the quick response! According to the info i have, she was Methodist...i have been raised Baptist, so im guessing it would be at the Episcopal church? Thank you so much ctquilter! (and, i believe youre right on the july 10 date...thats the day i was signed away)
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Thanks for the info on St. Faith's. My husband was born at St. John's in Yonkers on 3/1/59 and placed with his adoptive parents in Stamford, Ct after 5 weeks at Yale Medical Center. I'd always assumed his birth mom was from Yonkers. I guess "girls in trouble" were often sent away, so it's possible she was at St. Faith's and not necessarily local to the area.
Hey All,
My name is Renee, and I am searching for my birthmother, and have been for a long time. It becomes more and more frustrating every day, as I feel I am always missing something in my life. I was born on June 9,1984 in Cortlandt I believe. My adoption was through family services of Westchester, and Doris Mennone was my worker. My birthmother was 23 at the time, and my dad was in his 30's and divorced. My mother loved bowling, and took care of her sick mom. I was told that she was very religious Catholic and was told to look in the St.Faith's Maternity Home forum for some answers. I hope to find some! :love:
I know this is a very old thread but it showed up on my google search. I believe my grandmother was at St Faiths in 1928 and she delivered a son at Grasslands Hospital.
Has anyone every found out why there are not records for St. Faiths?
I was there from April to August 1973. I believe my group was one of the last of unwed mothers before it became a children's home. It was not a bad place for what it was. The staff tried to make it as good an experience as it could be under the circumstances. My son was born August 2 1973 at St. Johns Riverside Hospital in Yonkers. Family Services of Westchester handled the actual adoption. I was not told much about the adoptive parents except they were unable to have children of their own and the woman enjoyed crafting. I have always regretted giving up my son but at the time I didn't think I had any other choice. I would love to hear from anyone who was at the home from any year.
Judy
Same date and place I was born. I encountered another woman who was in this home at this time and is also looking for her son. I'm trying to track down my birth parents. She mentioned you. Here's hoping.
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I just came across this link to an out of print book, "The Unmarried Mother and Her Child," written by Katherine Corbin Parsons, who ran Saint Faith's House in Tarrytown for many years after the original founder, Lena McGhee, died. Hopefully the link works and you'll be able to page through it. It's a fascinating look into the struggles of running the home, and the lives of the women and girls who stayed there.
I know this is an old thread, but with the new law changes in NY i discovered my Birth Mother was in this house. 53 south broadway Tarrytown is listed as her address on my birth certificate. Her name was Sharon Thomas and I was born in February 1966. While i realize finding her is a long shot, i would be curious to know what happens to these ladies after they give birth. Do they continue to live in the house? hopefully they are not thrown out onto the streets
I know this is an old thread, but with the new law changes in NY i discovered my Birth Mother was in this house. 53 south broadway Tarrytown is listed as her address on my birth certificate. Her name was Sharon Thomas and I was born in February 1966. While i realize finding her is a long shot, i would be curious to know what happens to these ladies after they give birth. Do they continue to live in the house? hopefully they are not thrown out onto the streets
Typically after birth (at St. John's Riverside, in Yonkers, your mother would be asked to relinquish her parental rights to the County of Westchester where you would have been in foster care for a short time and then handed over to your adoptive family. I believe the children of "Christian" faith would have been offered baptismal rights at the Episcopal Church which may have addition records in Tarrytown. The "actual legal adoption" would usually take place 1 year+ after your birth. If you are interested in additional information about finding your birth parents you should take DNA testing at AncestryDNA , and 23andme to maximize and then upload your results to FTDNA.com and Myheritage.com to look for familial DNA matches. If you would like help check out DNAadoption,com and Facebook support pages: New York Adoptees & Friends, Search squad, and DNA Friends and Family
Sincerely, Dr, Richard Righthand, born to my 16 year old unwed mother, Stephanie, who was forced to give me up for adoption in 1956 and sadly never got to meet me.
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Hi! I was born in May 1959 and looking for my birth mother Carol Helen Gardner. She was 16 at the time and was at this same home and gave birth to me at St. John’s. I was adopted in CT. Will look into the FCA as well. Much blessings to all who are in the same search as I am.
Deborah Cheek
Rochester NY
4042002313
Last update on February 25, 7:42 pm by Deborah Cheek.
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Deborah, my husband was born in March of 1959, and his birth mother stayed at St. Faith’s. He was also adopted in Ct. He recently received his non-ID info from FCA, but we are still waiting for his pre-Adoption BC from NY.
Hi! I was born in May 1959 and looking for my birth mother Carol Helen Gardner. She was 16 at the time and was at this same home and gave birth to me at St. John’s. I was adopted in CT. Will look into the FCA as well. Much blessings to all who are in the same search as I am.
Deborah Cheek
Rochester NY
4042002313
For anyone interested, my birth-mother was at St. Faith's and I too was born at St. John's hospital in 1968. NY passed a new law that went into effect in January of this year, where all adopted kids are now legally allowed to obtain a copy of their pre-adoption birth certificate. I sent my forms in the day the law went into effect (Jan. 15 2020), and I just received the certificate this week. Between getting that the birth certificate, and paying to have a "Records Review" through Family Services of Westchester (which I highly recommend), and doing 2 DNA tests (I used 23&me & AncestryDNA), I have found out the names of both of my birth-parents. Unfortunately, my birth-father passed away a couple of weeks before I found him. I'm not having much luck with my birth mother, even with her name. So I am still working on that mystery. Hope the suggestions help someone out there, because it can be a very difficult journey.