24 Comments on “Personal Story – St. Vincent’s Orphanage in Chicago”

  1. I worked at St Vincent’s from 64 to 71. We loved the babies, children and frightened expectant mothers. Thank you for your video!


    Kathleen Finnegan.

  2. I was a baby at St. Vincent’s in 1970. I was born in March but wasn’t adopted until the end of August. If anyone remembers baby girl Mary Anne, please reach out.
    Kelly Justic (kellyjustic@gmail.com)

  3. I was a baby at St. Vincent’s in 1971. I arrived in January and stayed until May. I would love to speak to anyone who may remember a baby named Barbara.

  4. I was a baby there, born in October 1966. Baby Lucretia. I was adopted by my wonderful parents, Edward and Genevieve. They adopted all 6 of my bothers and sisters from St Vincent. Does anyone remember me?

  5. My mom was sent to this orphanage in 1955, all she knows is her birth mothers last name is Komen, she so badly would like to connect with anyone in this family and know something about where she came from, please help if anyone knows anything.

  6. I was born at St. Vincent Orphanage in 1945. My birth mother’s name was Valarie Jozwiak. I would love to find out something about her and her circumstances. I know it’s been a long, long time, but it is very important to me to have some background about her and her family. If you can help me, I would be deeply appreciative. Thank you in advance for any answers.

  7. My Mother was born in 1927 and was given up as an infant trying to find out iany kind of info. Her birth name is Josephine Lopez born Feb. 14 1927. Parents Jose or john Lopez and mother Refugio Vasquez or Valesquez.

  8. My birth mother was born July 2, 1920. Her birth name was Evangeline E. Kovarik. (This information was obtained from my actual birth certificate which I was able to receive after Illinois allowed adoption records to be opened and made available to adoptees.) According to Ancestry records she died December 13, 1989.

    I was born 9/28/44 at Little Co. of Mary Hospital and then immediately given up as an infant to St. Vincent’s for adoption. I would like to find out something about her and her circumstances. I know it’s been a long, long time but it is very important to me to have any information about her and her family. If you can give me any information I would be deeply appreciative. Thank you for any information you may have.

  9. My sister’s male child was brought to St. Vincent’s in late October 1965. My sister was 16 years old when she gave birth. Through the years she expressed a desire of wanting to connect with her birth son. Unfortunately, my sister passed away before she was able to do so. If you have any information that you can pass along to me I appreciate it very much.

  10. This notice for Barbara. I worked at St. Vincent’s in 1971 during those months. In fact I was the p.m. charge of the two to five month old floor. I could not say I remember you. But I can say that many people cared for you and rocked you and sang songs to you. Still, with all those different people taking care of you it must have been quite an experience for a little baby. I’m so glad to know you were adopted. I pray your life has been good. And there’s more to come!

  11. I was a baby at St. Vincent’s in 1964. I was born in June but my birth mom released me to St. Vincents when I was around 6 months old. I was told my birth mom was very young (possibly between 16 and 18) and her last name was Ferneau. I’m not quite sure of the spelling. I was given the birth name Steven Ferneau and was adopted at the age of 8 months. I would appreciate any information you may have in regards to my birth parents.
    Thank you so much for your help!!

  12. My name is Marianne Dudzik now but my birth name was birth name was Victoria Marie Meyers. I was born 08-10-1962. I was told my mom’s name was Helen Meyers.

    Looking for her

    thank you

  13. My birth name was Rosemary Derucki. I was born on 08-29-1952. My mother’s name is Josephine Derucki. I believe her married name to be Janik. If there are any relatives out there who can give me any info, I would really appreciate it.

  14. Kathleen, I was at the orphanage in June 1964 my birth mothers name was Josephine Marr , she was 16 I was told she didn’t want to give e me up . Her Dad worked for government, thought it would ruin his Career. I was delivered at Presbyterian st Luke’s Hospital. Then brought to st. Vincents . Anthony Marr June 17 1964 .

  15. Do you remember her by chance I know it’s been a long time God bless you and everyone for their help there.

  16. My grandmother, Rosemary Crain (then Bertucci) was a nurse at the orphanage for a couple of years in the early 60’s. It became too emotionally devastating for her to continue after a baby boy she had bonded with was adopted and she didn’t get to say goodbye. His name in the orphanage was Charlie Woodward, and he was adopted and then potentially named Dennis… she swears she saw him again some years later in a restaurant, D’Masti’s, but that when his mother noticed her looking at the boy she became nervous and left before my Grandma could say anything. She is not certain it was him. If anybody has information on Charlie Woodward, it would make my grandmother’s life to know what happened to him.

  17. I was a baby at St. Vincent in 1958 and ’59. They say my birthday is November 23rd 1958. my birth name is Ann Marie Tybor. I am now Janet Marie Swanson- Kanning. I was told I was adopted at 8 months to Mary Helene and Matthew Swanson. If anyone knows anything about my birth mother please contact me.

  18. I was born Linda Gomez on June 26th, 1957 by midwife.
    My parents adopted me about a year or so later from St. Vincent’s. All I know is that my birth mother was still in school. ANY information would be greatly appreciated!
    Linda N.

  19. I am looking for my birth mom- dad. My name is Nina..I know The last name is Elizondo. I was born Jan. 15 1964 I left St.Vincents at 18mos. Old And was a foster child till I was adopted at 10 yrs. Old. My last name is Paveza. Any info Would be Greatly Appreciated. Im so Greatful.

  20. I was born at St. Joseph hospital in early June of 1970. I believe my birth mother was well cared for. Her name was Barbara. She turned 18 four days before I was born. She was from Gary, Indiana. My name at birth was Stewart. Grateful for my healthy birth and blessed for my adoption.

  21. I was born January 3, 1964.. My name when placed at St Vincent’s would have been Virginia Grace. I was adopted and placed with wonderful parents. I have met my birth mom, who has become my best friend. I would love to know if there is anyone out there who worked there at the time who could contact me. I would love to know what it was like then. I have history type questions about how it all was. But I suppose, mostly I would love to contact someone who may have looked into my little baby eyes back then.

  22. I went to St Vincents for their 1 year training summer of 1964 to summer of 1965. To all those who were babies and toddlers there during that time I’d like to tell you how much you were loved by myself and the other students . You were changed with love, fed with love, rocked with love. We cried when you were adopted because we loved you and we cried because we were so happy for you.

  23. I was at St Vincent’s some time between the spring of 1965 to August of 1965. I was known as Kenneth Robert Falcon then. To any who may have cared for me, thank you!

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