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Sophie(Sunday, July 05 20 07:14 pm EDT)
at least some good came out of it by making more laws to protect babies
Sylvia Le(Saturday, July 04 20 04:50 pm EDT)
my prayers are with you
Michaela(Saturday, June 27 20 02:45 am EDT)
Thank you very much for providing this fascinating story and keeping a memorial site. God bless all the children that were products of this facility.
Sandra(Tuesday, June 23 20 01:54 pm EDT)
I heard this story on a video. So sad that women & their babies were treated so horribly. It warms my heart reading about the reunions. May all those who passed Rest In Peace ☮️
Cristina(Monday, June 22 20 09:35 pm EDT)
Thank you all for sharing your stories and I'm so incredibly sorry that this happened to all of you. I'm also an adoptee and although my adoption was much less traumatic, I understand the struggle to find who you are and where you came from. I'm still fighting that fight, and I wish all of those still searching good luck. For those that have found your birth families, I'm so, so proud of you for sticking to it.
I wish you all the best of luck, and I hope every one of you lives a full and happy life.
Laurica(Monday, June 22 20 05:05 am EDT)
Wow! I am completely blown away by this horrific story. You are truly doing a wonderful thing by bringing people together and helping to reunite families. God bless all of you!
Jennifer Arvizu(Sunday, June 21 20 10:57 pm EDT)
I’ve came from a simple YouTube blogger speaking about the story. I immediately became intrigued. I have spent the past few hours ( 3-4 ) trying to educate myself about this horrific part of history. I have already learned so much. I went on and purchased the book. I can not wait to receive it to further expand my knowledge about butter babies. I feel so happy that their is this website created to try to bring peace to others that may have been part of any of this. May all the babies RIP. I would have loved to hear personal stories from the mothers and what they actually lived daily along those monsters. God Bless to all.
Paola Rangel(Friday, June 19 20 02:44 am EDT)
I just want to say im sorry for what happened
Im glad there is a source to help find your parents
Its terrible thing those people did and im glad you survived <3
Reading through the reunited baby list warmed my heart
Jonathan(Wednesday, June 17 20 03:17 pm EDT)
I want to give a ‘virtual hug’ to all of you who have been subjected to the horror at IMH, and who have experienced immense pain all throughout the healing process.
The frigid cruelty of the founders of IMH is beyond articulation.
But the warmth, courage, beauty, love and compassion of all of you who have been hurt by IMH, is a shining light that no amount of evil can ever extinguish. ❤️
May all of these babies rest in peace, and I pray that you are all reunited with your birth families
Samantha Eaton(Sunday, May 31 20 03:42 pm EDT)
I love that you have made an effort in helping these many people find their birth parents.
Lily(Sunday, May 24 20 07:39 pm EDT)
May you all meet again!
Maxene Dela Cruz(Wednesday, May 20 20 04:24 am EDT)
I came from a youtube video made by Bailey Sarian and I would to say my condolences to those babies who have lost their lives to these horrible monsters. I feel so frustrated knowing how many people have suffered and will continue to suffer. To those people who survived and was victimized, you guys are so brave and courageous please keep on living a happy life and continue to be brave :)
Kenzie(Saturday, May 09 20 11:01 pm EDT)
I checked out this site after I watched the child remains. It's sad to hear. I wish the best of luck to the survivor.
Gina(Friday, May 01 20 03:38 pm EDT)
I came to this site after watching a movie based on the events. Wow so sad. Wishing all the survivors the best of luck.
Mariah Ham(Friday, May 01 20 01:18 pm EDT)
We're any of the babies found in the field unearthed and DNA tested to have a list of those lost so their families know what happened to their children?
I found this story and website after a YouTuber talked about this. It is so heartbreaking to hear! But I am happy that some of the survivors were able to get answers and build connections. Thank you for giving light to such a sad story.
mikayla(Sunday, April 19 20 02:39 am EDT)
i wish the best to all of you. you are warriors. don’t give up !
I am the product of a single and mentally abusive mother, who had 3 children through anonymous sperm donation. As a result, I've always had a deep curiosity and understanding of the struggles with not knowing enough about your full heritage. I found this site after watching 'The Child Remains', and although I knew such things transpired in history, its another to be confronted with the reality of it. I'm so glad this site exists and that so many of you have been reunited with birth relatives! I'm deeply sorry for the pain that the IMH created, but am glad that at least a number of you have been reunited and survived the ordeals of that place. I've recently been connected with some of my half siblings, and its a facinating and unexplainable experience. I wish you all the best luck in finding out more about your relatives, and thank you so much for sharing your stories with all of us.
Nikki(Tuesday, March 31 20 11:57 am EDT)
I came after watching a movie "The child remains"
I want to offer my condolences for the lost children and their mothers who never got to cradle them again. I am a mother of an these stories are so tragic id be lost without my babies. Praying for you all <3
Thea-belle(Monday, March 30 20 08:03 am EDT)
Hearing this story has broken my heart. As a young 19 year old girl who has a newborn niece, I could not imagine people so monstrous hurting a baby of innocence and vulnerability, it absolutely disgusts me that the babies were taken that way. My condolences to the families of the babies and the survivors. A complete story of true horror beyond imagination. I truly am sorry.
Elizabeth B(Sunday, March 29 20 09:20 pm EDT)
This case is so sad. I am feel so bad for all the mothers and babies who died and went through the home. The actions of the two owners were horrible and heartless. Hopefully the babies who died are in a better place than the hell they went through.
Robyn Carl(Sunday, March 29 20 08:41 am EDT)
i came here after watching Bailey’s YouTube video , this is honestly disgusting how can you look at a child and take his/her life. These people are sickening & they should’ve died some other way.
Laila(Friday, March 27 20 01:08 am EDT)
May those lost be found again.
Mirabel A.(Thursday, March 26 20 03:12 pm EDT)
I came here after seeing the video made by Bailey Sarian. I want to offer my condolences for the lost children and their mothers who never got to cradle them in their arms again. My heart goes out to every single individual affected by this tragedy - God bless you all and let's hope that this small ill conceived bit of history shall never be repeated xx
Kylie(Thursday, March 26 20 11:10 am EDT)
I seen this story on YouTube by a women named Bailey Sarian who tells true crime stories. This really broke my heart. How can they kill babies and tell lies to the mothers all for profit. It angers me so much. Rip to the victims and my heart goes out to the survivors. I hope you find peace and your mothers. God bless you all.
Royalty Tehmeh(Thursday, March 26 20 07:38 am EDT)
You guys are more than just survivors, you guys are warriors. Love sent to all the families♥️
Stephany(Wednesday, March 25 20 02:22 pm EDT)
I learned about this story from YouTuber Bailey Sarian, and I was touched. So sorry to everyone who suffered through this, and my heart goes out to all the victims. Hope all find peace.
Saniah(Tuesday, March 24 20 08:30 pm EDT)
May those lost be found again.
Colleen(Tuesday, March 24 20 03:15 pm EDT)
Unbelievable...bless you all for never keeping up the search and exposing this atrocity. Best of luck!
Hannah R(Tuesday, March 24 20 01:28 pm EDT)
Breaks my heart that little ones and their mothers had to go through this. I’m so glad for all the reunions, happy for the survivors, and I hope the baby angels rest easy. I hope more survivors can be found.
Monique Bersi Soler(Tuesday, March 24 20 12:47 pm EDT)
Good day, I came from a vide on you Youtube by “Bailey Sarian”. She made a video about the Ideal Maternity Home, so sorry to hear about the mothers and child that didn’t had the proper care. Sending good energy to the survivors and mothers 💞
Hannah(Tuesday, March 24 20 01:00 am EDT)
I watch a lady on YouTube named Bailey Sarian who does a lot of true crimes. This story really touched my heart. My heart goes out to all the survivors and non-survivors.
CASSIA BRAVO DE BARROS(Monday, March 23 20 10:02 pm EDT)
This is so sad!
Love and prayers for all.
April(Monday, March 23 20 06:20 pm EDT)
Bless every one of you.
Mazie Whittinghill(Monday, March 23 20 04:49 pm EDT)
So sorry to the babies that went through this and the poor mothers who had their babies taken away. Hope you all find the families yall are looking for.
Gregory Keith Haines (TOBKES)(Monday, March 23 20 02:14 am EDT)
Just wishing all my 'crib-mates'* a healthy year in light of the recent viral unpleasantness.
Joan Crawford (b.Margaret Irene Springall)(Thursday, March 19 20 02:25 pm EDT)
Wondering if I was born at IMT. Birth certificate says, Gold River, NS. about 20 KM. from Chester. I know that my mother was sent to this area to have her baby as she lived over 200 miles away and was 16 yrs. old at the time. I met her years ago. Wish I had asked her more questions then but she has since passed away. Wondering if any records remain??
Brigid Briana Fox(Wednesday, March 18 20 01:26 am EDT)
It's terrible to think of what people are capable of. We have to remember things like this so that we can stop them from ever happening again.
Lucinda Wainwright(Monday, March 16 20 10:52 pm EDT)
God bless you all...survivors and victims both.
John George(Monday, March 16 20 08:52 pm EDT)
Just a history buff, interested in keeping history alive, passing knowledge on to my children
So sorry for the babies and mother's who went through this. Prayers for all 🙏
Lisa Blais(Friday, February 28 20 09:48 pm EST)
I had just watched a documentary about the Tennessee Childrens Home Scandal and didnt know that this also went on in Canada. I'm so sorry that this happened to these little innocent babies and their families. I am hoping to read the books soon and watch the movie from 1995.
Sierra Smith(Monday, February 24 20 10:33 pm EST)
Just found this tragic story. Bless the survivors and all victims of the IDH. Sending my love, thoughts, and prayers to you all.
Kristy Ortman(Tuesday, February 11 20 11:13 pm EST)
My prayers and sympathy for all children..mothers ..fathers and siblings etc who are and were affected by these Monsters. My ❤ breaks Bless you all!!
Kaylee(Tuesday, February 11 20 08:00 pm EST)
My heart aches to know that babies had been left out after birth. No food, love or warmth from arms to find comfort in. I've been a new mom for 7 months and I couldn't imagine. I pray these souls find peace.
Ciana(Thursday, January 30 20 02:06 pm EST)
Absolutely tragic story
Laura L Hatfield-Weir-Callen(Thursday, January 30 20 02:51 am EST)
Recently discovered my birth father who was adopted in Newfoundland. We found his family some still alive through Ancestry. Hope and pray that families old and new find their true history. Prayer for the post babies.
Richelle Mason(Monday, January 27 20 07:30 am EST)
Prayers and thoughts to all the victims and families of the victims. A very sad, devastating turn of events. My heart hurts for all the babies affected by this horrific story.
Mary Fredericks(Monday, January 13 20 03:57 pm EST)
I just got an obit from a friend in New Hampshire that a Donald Jack Davis born born Daniel George Clancy born May 21, 1946 passed away in Lemon Grove, California. His name is on the list for Searching. I am a survivor who found my family.
Jane(Sunday, December 15 19 05:34 pm EST)
May the owners, the Youngs pay for their sins. Jesus please make justice with the victims and survivors
Fern Norris(Monday, November 11 19 02:13 pm EST)
I am looking for information on my father's family. He was born April 9, 1930 and adopted name is William Steve Norris. He has since passed away on April 13, 1981.
Maddy(Tuesday, November 05 19 05:34 pm EST)
I am so horribly sorry for all the children and parents involved in this. My good thoughts are with you.
Theresa Sevigny(Sunday, October 06 19 05:37 pm EDT)
Looking for my mothers birth parents. She was born in 1929 in Plympton station Nova Scotia.Mom passed away in 2005 and I have been searching since then and have been to Nova Scotia several times since then. Both of our parents were from the East coast" down home" as we say.
Her name on birth certificate is Mary Kathern Gossen. I have been to Admiral Digby's museum with no luck.if anyone has any information I would live to hear from you🤗
Terry(Wednesday, August 21 19 12:54 pm EDT)
Looking for a British gentleman born to Wava Haverstock or Wava Boutlier in the 40’s
Terry Haverstock(Wednesday, August 21 19 12:49 pm EDT)
Looking for a British gentleman who’s mother may have been Wava Haverstock or Wava Boutlier who had a son at the home in the 40’s
Gwynn Hoffmann(Thursday, August 08 19 11:59 pm EDT)
I just found the Butterbox story from a new movie. Child Remains. I looked up the story to find out the nonHollywood version.
I cried reading about it. My mother was adopted and was never able to find her birth parents. Not for lack of trying, just not for knowledge. She was adopted privately in NY and any other our family who would know is dead now. So probably not from IMH. But because of this my heart goes out to everyone involved in the searching and those who thought they'd lost babies.
Tomi Weddleton(Monday, July 08 19 03:10 am EDT)
I believe I came from Nova Scotia, my adoption is sealed in Boston. I was born March 3, 1940, and I have already found connections to Nova Scotia through Ancestry. I may have been obtained through the maternity home. If anyone has any information please contact me.
Claire rosenthal(Sunday, February 03 19 12:23 pm EST)
Looking for birth mother...female child born February 1943.....
Judy MacKenzie(Friday, January 25 19 09:25 am EST)
My Grandmother gave birth to a male child in the 40’s during war time. Possibly a Harold who was adopted in NS. My uncle who would be his 1/2 brother has DNA on Ancestry. Not sure of birthdate or even time of year. But she told me the story as we watched the movie Butterbox babies years ago.
Jan Murphy(Sunday, November 18 18 08:10 pm EST)
I am looking for information about my father's origins. He was born in 1939 to a Mary Frances Pauline Murphy.. Although it could be Frances Murphy. I assume he was born at Ideal as he was born in the same town. He was shipped to an orphanage in Halifax. Any information is greatly appreciated. Are there records filled somewhere?
Af Schoen(Tuesday, October 23 18 11:03 pm EDT)
I am a survivor, born May 5 1946. I was adopted and moved o New Jersey in June of that year. I may have a sibling, but I will probably not find him/her. Ruth and Milton Schoen were wonderful parents. I still would like to know more about my birth mother, Jean McFarlane. I believe that she was of Scottish descent. I best wishes to all of us who were able to leave that terrible place. I also offer my prayers to those who were no so fortunate and did not.
Roger Sowerby(Wednesday, August 29 18 11:05 am EDT)
Found my birth mother through Ancestry DNA.She is 96 yrs old and well both in body & mind. Had a great reunion with extended family in New Brunswick
All the love and we'll wishes to all of you ...I adore and cherish your story and of ever I can offer any of you a shoulder a laugh a get away or just a new friend please email email@example.com
Gail Browne(Sunday, July 08 18 12:30 am EDT)
I recently learned the name of my birth mother, who died in 2002. I also learned that I have 3 half brothers, born after my birth mother married.
Wondering whether this group is still active.
Glenn Craig(Friday, June 22 18 03:53 pm EDT)
I have located about a half a dozen butter box graves on land next to land that was donated to Saint Cuthbert's Church in Northwest Cove by Lilla Coolen-Young's grandson Paul, and Robie Young. The disputed land lawyer was John Longley. We found one grave clearly marked by a ring of bricks the same dimensions as a butter box. Please help me get in touch with Bette Cahill and any survivors concerned with seeing these innocents given proper memorial instead of being cast off like unwanted waste in a dismal swamp.
Gilbert DesBecquets(Wednesday, June 13 18 12:59 pm EDT)
Note to Roger Sowerby (né Blanchard): I took note of a 'perfect' match for you on Ancestry. I may be able to help. Contact me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelsey(Wednesday, June 06 18 07:54 pm EDT)
My grandfather Vincent gaul Jr , a survivor , he passed in 2007 miss him so much ? was just wondering abt his background if anyone knows could they email me please email@example.com
MARY(Thursday, May 31 18 08:19 pm EDT)
if Susan Mederois born 1945 ask her to call me 352 205 1944
R MacLean-Hawley(Monday, May 28 18 11:13 am EDT)
My mum was born at the IMH Sept 01, 1945 and adopted by a couple from NS. After endless research and digging, my sister and I found her birth mother and 6 siblings! She had an incredibly happy childhood (sometimes lonely being an only child) but she now has the best of both worlds with wonderful brothers and sisters who love her (and us!)very much. DNA testing has confirmed her ethnicity and also shed light on her whole birth father’s family (he passed away years ago). Never give up hope or the search...you are worth it and have a right to know who/where you come from!
FAITH STEADMAN(Wednesday, May 23 18 07:22 am EDT)
I am a survivor of this home -born on January 25 1945.I would like to make contact with anyone
who has the same interest of being connected to others from the 'Ideal Maternity Home'
Lea Leask(Thursday, May 17 18 12:31 am EDT)
I am profoundly moved by the countless families affected by the proprietary industrial greed that generated such an unfathomable historical way of bringing babies into the world...
Hopeful that the survivors truth(s) prevails the intent...
Emma Rutherford(Wednesday, April 18 18 08:55 pm EDT)
My grandfather is Franklin Thomas Rutherford, he just passed away last year from a heart attack, I loved him, but I'm sad he passed not knowing if his brother was truly gone or still here with us. He had a death certificate, but so did my grandfather.
Karen Robertson(Tuesday, January 30 18 02:49 pm EST)
Excellent website. Heart wrenching stories about this sordid Canadian history. It was gratifying to read about the reunions. We wish you continued success.
Neil Friedman(Saturday, January 27 18 09:08 pm EST)
I was searching for information about Sheldon (Shelly) Levine, originally named Dwayne McKinley Colp and came across someone else whom I thought I knew: Robert Levine, originally named WIlliam Henry Fisher. Robert was from Newark, New Jersey. Shelly was from Hillside, New Jersey (my hometown.) Shelly apparently passed away in 2012.
Robert is spparently still alive and living in California. I lost touch with him sometime during or after high school. Same with Shelly.
I live in Albany, California (next to Berkeley.)
Cat LaFleur(Saturday, January 27 18 05:21 pm EST)
looking for possible birth information for baby born in 1944 or 1945 name at Avis Narda Nelson. She said she was born at the home.
Neil, South Africa(Wednesday, January 17 18 07:13 am EST)
Am cousin of Burdie (Wentzel) Corkum, 1896 - 1980, widow od Edward, neighbour of Lila, interested in genealogy and help if I can ...
Shelley sharun(Thursday, January 04 18 08:35 pm EST)
My understanding is there are class action law suits regarding the maturnity home practices of the 50s/60s. Im looking for information regarding the law firms.
Wayne Kirk(Thursday, December 28 17 09:39 pm EST)
Just found out about a brother, who was put up for adaption at the Imh. Robert Cholerton
Tara(Saturday, October 28 17 02:20 pm EDT)
LOOKING FOR : FITZRANDOLPH. I don't know your name or how to contact you but you went through bob hartlen looking for MARGUERITE MORASH (Fleet ). She was the birth mother of baby joanne. Please please contact me
Peggy Schmidt(Saturday, October 14 17 09:34 am EDT)
I just found the movie on YouTube last night. I plan to watch it tonight, if I can tolerate the pain of seeing so many children ripped from their mothers. I lost custody of five children, and still am not in contact with them, even though they are all adults. This is not of my choosing. I plan to seek out the books, as I prefer to know the entire stories. My heart truly goes out to all who were adversely affected there.
Carla Clark(Thursday, October 12 17 01:21 am EDT)
I just watched the movie again this evening. It's painful just to think of how the mothers and babies were treated there. My heart goes out to you all and I hope you find who you're looking for.
Tara(Monday, September 18 17 10:57 am EDT)
Looking for :
Born between 1942-1948
Birth Mother's name : Marguerite Clara Fleet of Chester NS.
Born June 28, 1931
Youngest of 7 children.
Erminie Fleet ( sister of Marguerite ) worked as a caregiver at IMH.
** If you are here or see this post, Marguerite was FORCED to give you up for adoption. She wasn't of adult age and under the care of the Children's Age Society Bridgewater, Lunenburg County at Robert and Ruth Morash's home in Chester NS. We are looking for you for one reason only, that's to cherish and love as part of our family!
Andrea Saulnier(Tuesday, August 22 17 09:48 pm EDT)
Most interesting. Will be looking forward to find and read the book. Poor mothers and babies, my heart goes out to each and everyone.
Andrea Maubourquette(Friday, August 18 17 11:11 am EDT)
How do I contact someone who has posted a search for family here on this site? I believe the poster's mother is my great aunt. And that he was named Joseph after my grandfather (his uncle Joseph). My last name is Maubourquette. Here is Joe's post under the "searching" section: "1942 August 11 MOMBOURQUETTE, Joseph now known as Joe Bellefontaine. Born to May Mombourqette (spelled by birth mother, MAUBOURQUETTE) Birth mother was a 39 year old single teacher, who gave birth at the Grace Maternity, Halifax, N.S. Joe was then placed for adoption and remained at the Ideal Maternity Home for 16 months until adopted. Reunited with his birth mother (now deceased) in 1994. Joe's search continues for birth father and siblings."
Evelyn D. Hunck (nee Irving)(Saturday, July 29 17 04:44 pm EDT)
Very interested and surprised to find my aunt Mabel Janet Irving had had at least one, possibly 3 or more children in this Maternity Home! Very happy to be making contact now with our "new" relatives!And, of course, wondering about the fathers of these children!
Susan Medeiros(Monday, July 24 17 07:42 pm EDT)
I was born in 1945 in Nova Scotia and adopted two months later by a Jewish family in New York City. Your list of missing survivors has the name "Kale". My adopted name is Kole. Could "Kale" be a typo? I am looking to find biological relatives and would appreciate it if someone could check this.
Dennis Peters(Friday, June 23 17 05:21 pm EDT)
I was born June 1/1937 & was adopted illegally. I don't know my birth parents but my mother was unmarried & came from the US so could I have been born at the home?
Jennifer Ganser(Saturday, May 06 17 12:08 am EDT)
I hope that this isn't inappropriate to post here. But, Sandy Schwartz is my uncle and a survivor. I've seen he has commented in the past few months. We have lost touch over the past 15 years or so. I'd like very much to talk with him. I've been working on my own search for my biological family and a family tree. Uncle Sandy, if you come across this message, please write back on here or I will leave my email address for you to write me. It is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to hearing from you. Love always, Jen
Kevin Edge(Thursday, April 20 17 06:38 am EDT)
A friend of mine told me a few days ago that he had a brother whom was a survivor, I had to look it up for myself, this is an amazing story. My heart goes out to them.
Sasha Colp(Thursday, March 23 17 08:40 pm EDT)
i am the daughter of Dwayne McKinley Colp...he has a greatgrandaughter who bears his middle name McKinley, if there is anyone out there that can tell me more about our heritage would be so appreciated
Megan Williams(Sunday, March 19 17 09:41 pm EDT)
Just got done reading the book called butterbox babies...Those this happen before I was born my heart goes out to all the survivors and those that didn't survive.i myself am adopted so I know the feeling of wondering what if etc.Just wondering if the building that was in front of the maternity home is still standing would like to go visit sometime.All the best to those that are searching and to those that have found their family's.Im 29 and just learning about this dark history that happen in Nova Scotia.im just waiting on the movie so I can watch it
Kris Hartley(Thursday, March 16 17 04:27 pm EDT)
I'm helping my mom locate her birth family. She was born Elizabeth Ann McGuigan to Margaret "Peggy" McGuigan on March 24, 1946. She's now known as Katherine Ann (Margotta) Hartley. Thanks for any info!
Sandy Schwartz(Thursday, February 16 17 04:30 pm EST)
I have come across a book that in my opinion all searchers should read, "Finding Family, My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA" by Richard Hill. It is a good story, a good read and is true.
Mrs Aneka Lewis(Tuesday, February 14 17 03:47 am EST)
I hope that you are successful in your quest for re-connection with family members. God bless.
Sandy Schwartz(Thursday, February 09 17 03:54 pm EST)
One thing I have learned is that all searchers should have a DNA test performed. If strapped for cash, some allow you only to purchase their ancestry kit for under $100 and even lower during special promotions. Unfortunately, the various DNA labs do not always share information, so it can be hit and miss. I tested at two labs, for example. They are online and the most popular are 23andMe.com, FTDNA.com (or .ca), Ancestry.com and Heritage.com. 23andMe also has a lab in Canada, but for some reason much more expensive then in the US.
If you already know you are Native American, or your DNA comes back that you have Native American ancestry, there is another place to write if you are in Canada or born in Canada. You can apply for Status under Canada's Indian Act. This forces the Canadian Government to search birth and adoption files that are closed to you seeking identifying information to verify your Indian ancestry (called First Nation in Canada). You will need Adoption Form DS-4865. Enclose as much information to help them as you can. Should you discover additional information, send it later as an addendum to your application. You will receive a file number once your application is received.
Their address is:
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Office of the Indian Registrar
Attn: Adoption Unit, Room 18K
Ottawa ON K1A 0H4 Canada
I filed in May of 2015 and am still waiting. I called to check and they are very understaffed for the amount of applications they receive, so don't delay.
Sandy Schwartz(Thursday, February 09 17 03:12 pm EST)
It has been eye opening to learn about so many similar stories and places. We as survivors are so very lucky. A DNA match of mine was adopted in Quebec City. Those children who were not adopted were sent to a Catholic orphanage where most were used for various experiments, drugs, etc.
I thought the movie Philomela would be a good suggestion for both Survivors and guests interested in learning more.
I am always seeking to learn and just came across this audio documentary airing tomorrow on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) titled "Stolen Childhoods" for anyone interested:
Rosemary Neufeld(Tuesday, January 31 17 05:02 pm EST)
I'm looking for a male born between 1950-1953, born to Mary Dyck/Neufeld at Beany Homes, Queen St., Sasktoon, Sask.
joy mittleman delin(Monday, January 09 17 09:38 pm EST)
my birth name was ina may amero,my date of birth 081846 birth mother ruby jane amero and birth father Richard comeau,they later had 2 sons, searching and hopeful
joy delin(Monday, January 09 17 09:22 pm EST)
very nostalgic website. i'm glad it is available for the butter box babies and all with caring hearts. searching and hopeful
Joanne(Wednesday, December 21 16 11:02 pm EST)
I have a feeling my grandmother gave birth here. Her son wasn't adopted though. Are there any records of patients?
Joshua Gavel(Sunday, December 04 16 05:32 am EST)
Born to a teenaged girl, in the 50's. I have other siblings out there. Margaret Mary GAVEL had a few children and all were removmed from her care, due to her level of fiunctioning and parenting skills. She spent time in Truro at a Girls Detention Center (mid 1950's) and left at 16, pregnant with one of my older sisters. Looking for any siblings out there. Please find me and let's make a family!
Murray Terris(Saturday, December 03 16 09:00 pm EST)
Until you find your family you cannot give up.The feeling
when you meet your mother
or brother or sister for the first time as an adult can not put into words.I know I survived IMH .Every I am thankful not only for my survival but all who did.However we should not forget those of us who did not survive.
Mystery(Friday, September 30 16 03:11 pm EDT)
My grandpa. I haven't told him yet but his twin survived but he was told he dies
Penny Stith(Wednesday, August 31 16 09:35 am EDT)
Were any of these babies adopted out in the US, say Washington State or Oregon?
VAL SOLLY(Saturday, July 02 16 01:32 pm EDT)
Having just watched the film Butterbox Babies my thoughts are with all the mothers and children who are trying to find each other.So sad .Good luck to you all
janette bulmer(Thursday, June 09 16 08:06 pm EDT)
I am a survivor of the Ideal Maternity Home. After a long time searching I was lucky enough to be given information about my birth mother and was able to contact her. I spoke to her on the phone only
to find out that she married my birth father and that I have 2 living brothers. I only spoke to her by phone as they did not want the boys to know about me. However after my father passed away I
decided to contact my brothers and they called me back and they did ask our mother about me and she told them the whole story - which seemed to relieve a terrible secret that she had carried for 63
years. I have since lost my birth mother but have two amazing brothers and their families who have welcomed me with open arms and I now have the puzzle completed in my life. For any survivor still
trying to find out about your birth - don't give up - keep trying - call your member of Parliament or Provincial MLA for their help. Just please do not give up because the answers are there for you.
Phyllis Weaver(Saturday, April 16 16 08:07 pm EDT)
Sister in law to Bonnie Field and so happy she found us
Miss sue Taylor(Sunday, March 27 16 10:21 am EDT)
I feel and understand how the mothers feel, after my baby was taken from me. It's the not knowing the emptiness of the heat and mind. And the worst is empty arms of your child. And not knowing is a
forever thought in my mind. For the little ones who lost there life's they will forever stay young. But that's no comfort I know. My heart goes out to you all xx xx
Isobel Warren(Sunday, March 20 16 09:34 pm EDT)
I can add nothing to this poignant site except my congratulations to all the survivors and to all the people who make it happen.
Jane B.(Sunday, March 20 16 08:16 am EDT)
I was adopted although not a butterbox baby. I had heard of the babies before because someone asked me if I was one but I was younger. It's awful going through life wondering where you belong and my
heart aches for all those born into the circumstances. So glad some found resolution. Wishing you all well and continue the search for answers.
Alison Strachan(Saturday, March 19 16 11:02 am EDT)
I am speechless. The lifelong trauma and pain created out of the miracle of birth is overwhelming. I hope the power of social media through "shares" Brian J. Davis on Facebook is helpful. I know I've
Kim(Friday, March 18 16 08:29 am EDT)
Such a sad story , but hopefully the people who are searching for their families find them , wishing them all well.
Brian Davis(Thursday, March 17 16 04:55 pm EDT)
I would like to share our story. My father searching:
Bonnie Heffernan(Sunday, March 06 16 09:13 pm EST)
I AM trying to find my twin that was borned when I wae 7-14-1942
Alicia Solomon(Tuesday, January 05 16 02:15 pm EST)
I remember seeing this movie as a teen. I had no idea that it's a true story. So, so, sad.
elizabeth gellatly(Saturday, November 28 15 11:07 am EST)
I am just learning about this. I am appalled. I am a birthmother myself, and these practices hit me hard.
Shannon(Wednesday, November 04 15 11:18 am EST)
My Father, Franklin Thomas Rutherford, is on the "searching for list". He was recently contacted by a woman in Nova Scotia that thought she MAY be related to my Dad. After osme emails back and forth
she had decided this was likely not possible because her mother never mentioned a twin. What if she didn't know she gave birth to twins. If she reads this, i pray she will follow through with a bit
more investigation. My paryers and thoughts are always with all the survivors.
Heather Wittig(Saturday, September 26 15 10:01 pm EDT)
my mother was a young girl of age 3 1932 and was placed in the orphanage until age 16. she was never adopted and later was connected with her birth mom. (Kathleen Doohan)
my mothers name is Marjorie Marie Doohan - I have a picture of her with several other children who are un-identified. I will send in the photo at a later date. maybe one of your followers could
My mother passed away Sept.5 1968 she was residing in Barrie Ontario
dee(Tuesday, September 22 15 09:33 pm EDT)
I watched the movie it was so sad. Is there any documentary about this as I been looking on youtube
I read the book years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Then, I was a high school English teacher; now, I own and operate a Bed & Breakfast. Imagine my surprise when, during breakfast conversation,
A lovely lady named Mary told me that she was a "Butterbox Baby"!
nichole iredale(Wednesday, July 08 15 12:50 pm EDT)
my grandfather was a butterbox baby and my family has tried finding his biological family with no luck at all, this page gives me hope that maybe we can find them finally....
sherry grant fredericks(Sunday, June 28 15 09:46 pm EDT)
shortly before my fathers recent passing he told me he was a butterbox baby born february 14 1934.he had a young single mother.she kept her baby.
Johnk720(Sunday, May 17 15 04:53 pm EDT)
Nice read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he actually bought me lunch as I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that Thanks for lunch! egfccaabkffd
Howard Cooper (George Sweeney)(Thursday, May 14 15 07:06 pm EDT)
In the Searching section it has me looking for my birth father. I got information about my birth father a few years ago from the Canadian Military. His name was Tommie Tompkins and he was stationed
at Yarmouth Air Field around 1946. I was able to identify him as Thomas Glenwood Tomkins from St. John in Newbrunswick. Unfortunatiely he died when I was about 12 in 1958, ironically only a few
months after my adopted father did. I was albe to contack his family in St. John and got to meet his son and his daugher and his former wife. I was able to meet with them severl times and visit St.
John and see where my father was buried. I guess I am one of the lucky ones who tracked down both my mother and father and get to spend many years talking and visiting with my mother in Yarmouth and
my half brother and sister in St. John.
Judy White(Sunday, April 05 15 12:12 pm EDT)
I went to Mill Cove Elementary school in the late 1960\'s and Lila Young was the kindergarten teacher!!! They must have known what she did and they let her teach.
Beth Inemer(Monday, March 30 15 11:35 pm EDT)
Hello! My previous comment described how this website assisted in finding my mother\'s birth mother. However, I forgot to mention, that we are still looking for another sister that was born at the
Ideal Maternity Home, one year before the birth of my mother. I believe that the year of the baby girl\'s birth was in early December of 1943 or 1944. I know that this a only a general description
but if anyone fits this description and wants to contact me, send a message to the organizers of this website and they can get us in contact. I hope that we can find the only sibling that we still
haven\'t found yet. Thanks!!
Beth Inemer(Monday, March 30 15 11:13 pm EDT)
Hello! My name is Beth and I\'d like to say how thankful I am for this wonderful website and the amazing people that help survivors find their families. Through the assistance of people associated
with this organization, we found my mother\'s birth mother, as well as, a large number of half brothers and sisters. The couple that \"adopted\" my mother tried desperately to hid all evidence of my
mother\'s \"adoption\", even destroying all written documentation. But through this organization, I now have a large family and have already met one of my wonderful uncles. God Bless everyone who
pursued the Butterbox Babies stories and brought the survivors together with family.
Ann Vlaun(Wednesday, March 25 15 09:41 am EDT)
I was married to Sheldon Levine(Dwayne MacKinley Colp)when I was 21 years old and we had a girl child(Sasha). His adopted mother Viola told me the story of how she went to Nova Scotia and adopted a
baby boy. When I viewed the trailer of the movie it chilling because it was portrayed exactley how she described it to me.
Lola B(Tuesday, March 10 15 03:32 pm EDT)
I am a Macedonia in the UK, and the Film \"The Butterbox Babies\" was shown late one night and I have just watched it. Hence the visit to the site and a some new books on kindle to find out more
about the stories of the Individuals involved. Such a sad unnecessary story, but such a perfectly pitched website and I do hope that more survivors are found.
Nancy Read(Monday, March 09 15 06:47 pm EDT)
Pleased to see the site is up and running again. Have had no success in finding any of my birth family - but maybe someday. Good luck to others who are looking and thank you to those who are spending
their time and efforts to keep the site up-to-date.
Nicola Wilson(Friday, February 13 15 06:49 pm EST)
I have just watched this very sad true film and was drawn to tears I was myself adopted here in UK in 1949 but ( not a Butterbox Baby )my heart goes out to everyone who suffered via the Youngs God
Bless you all.
Nicki Leonie-Handford(Thursday, February 12 15 08:41 am EST)
May you continue to find peace for all those who seek it.Unmarried Mothers in many countries had the same fate & I am sure many are not even aware that they were illegally adopted. My Mom stood
her ground as a single Mom in the 60\'s even though it was still frowned on. May your amazing work continue for many years to come...Best wishes Nicki x
Denni Pain(Friday, February 06 15 09:30 am EST)
I\'ve just watched the Butterbox Babies film on tv and found your website as I felt inwas watching a true story. Echoes of the Philomena story and so so sad. God bless you survivors in your search
for family members and lost years.
isabella ohan(Monday, February 02 15 05:28 pm EST)
A truly tragic story and those that survived and set up this website are a remarkable group of people. God Bless you and may others who survived be reunited with their biological family.
Helena(Monday, February 02 15 05:24 pm EST)
I saw Butterbox Babies today. I cannot begin to imagine what both the Mothers and their children have gone through. My heart goes out to all of you. I hope that many more find each other, and find
Georgina Higley(Monday, February 02 15 11:03 am EST)
I have only just found out about this. I am shocked and disgusted. I cannot believe that this couple got away with what they were doing for so long and with so many people’s lives involved. My heart
goes out to the survivors and to the women that went through the pain of losing their babies at the time. How cruel. I wish the survivors nothing but happiness and peace.
Susan Margaret Yates(Monday, February 02 15 06:29 am EST)
Just found this site, as the film is to be televised in the UK this afternoon.
As an adoptee from the Church Adoption Society, I can only imagine the despair of some of the children. There is always a deep painful cry inside, despite age.
I wish those who are still searching for birth family will find peace.
Rick Hubley(Sunday, December 28 14 02:40 pm EST)
My father was Otto Richard Hubley. He and his two sister, Janice and Donna were all adopted from here,by Otto and Laura Hubley.
I never knew anything about this until I read an article on Facebook. God Bless all of the survivors and especially those who were starved and mistreated....sweet innocent babies....good luck in your
searches which I hope turn out well.
IVY MAY(Saturday, September 13 14 08:15 pm EDT)
Seriously? 48 years of never knowing and a couple of hours on Ancestry.com and I find out where my father may have been adopted from??? OMG! I am sooo excited!!! I can't wait to continue my research
and find out more information!! Thank you so much!!!
Sally(Thursday, July 03 14 11:19 am EDT)
Just stumbled across the Butterbox babies. To all that survived this ordeal I send best wishes and hope you all find the families you search for. I feel great sorrow for the babies that were
discarded,deemed not to be perfect.
Francis Kenworthy Marchese(Wednesday, July 02 14 10:37 pm EDT)
I am an adoptive mother of a wondeful (now) 41 year old man.I am always sensitive to adoptive parents, as well as the Momma who had to let her baby go. I came acrost this site and am truly touched,
both by the story and by your dedication to honor all babies who were born at Perfect Maternity. God bless you all.
Peter Rand(Monday, June 02 14 09:22 am EDT)
Looking for Birth parents of Robert Jerome Rand, lived there with birth mother until age of 6 when she disappeared, A aunt visited for a few years but then never came back. Ended up in an orphanage
until age of 16, never adopted. Born July 23, 1936
Robert ( Bob ) Bursey(Sunday, June 01 14 01:00 am EDT)
JULY 4, 1946 BELL, Elizabeth Ann now known as Phyllis (Fisher) Inermer. Daughter of Marie Marguerite Bell from Beechville, N.S. Phyllis was raised in Brooklyn, New York. United in Knoxville TN. May
Tuga Tarle(Friday, May 30 14 04:56 pm EDT)
Such a horrible story. My condolences to all those who have lived through such a traumatic experience.
Gail Browne(Sunday, April 27 14 02:50 pm EDT)
I am one of those seeking information about my birth parents and extended family. I was brought up as an only child and was determined to have a large family. (I have 4 children.) I am angry that
adopted children cannot easily find out about their background.
Rebecca Woodside(Saturday, April 26 14 04:34 pm EDT)
I would love to speak with the kind lady who phoned my cousin regarding Sally Ann Rosenberg. I too have been searching for information concerning our long-lost cousin and would appreciate speaking to
you in person. Thanks so much for your time.
Wendy Coneen(Tuesday, April 22 14 08:07 pm EDT)
Thank you thank you and thank you again. You were chosen by God to help us find our family and you were there when we needed you
Wendy Coneen(Monday, April 21 14 06:50 pm EDT)
Would like more info on Sally Ann Rosenberg. Who was listed as deceased in 2013. May be my cousin
Wendy Coneen(Monday, April 21 14 06:41 pm EDT)
Think my aunts baby was adopted by a Jewish couple in the US. Trying to get more info but no record of her being at the I MH.
Sharon Reid(Monday, April 07 14 11:24 pm EDT)
I used to hear about this story from an RCMP officer who worked in the area. I found it hard to believe although I knew he was telling me what he believed to be the truth and so it is, unfortunately,
the sad truth. I am amazed at the number who have been able to reconnect with their rightful families and there seems to be so many!
Colleen Saunders(Friday, March 21 14 10:24 pm EDT)
my mother Karen Morrison born july 30, 1944 at the ideal home her mother's name was Lorraine Gillard she was adopted by Donald John Morrison & Verna Rita Morrison out of New Brunswick if anyone
has info on this please contact me at email@example.com
Mary Elaine Fredericks(Wednesday, March 19 14 09:03 pm EDT)
I am a Butterbox Survivor still looking for my mother.
I was born July 25, 1945 and adopted by a couple in Yarmouth. My adopted mom was colored and my adopted father white. They had two boys.
Michael Chapman(Friday, February 14 14 09:45 pm EST)
My husband and I are looking for his biological grandparents. His Dad was born July, 1942 and illegally adopted to a New Brunswick family. There was never any paper trail, records or even a birth
certificate. All we know is his birth name was "David Edward Maxwell", but grew up "David Malcolm Chapman". Any help would be so greatly appreciated, Adoption services tells us they can't help us
because there is no record of the adoption and we have no clue as to the birth mothers name.
Velasha(Thursday, November 28 13 06:38 am EST)
I have always had a place in my heart for the children of the Ideal Maternity Home. I watched the movie as a child and now I am grown, and I still think about the circumstances you all endured. I am
truly touched my all your stories, and I wish you all the best. GOD BLESS. My love to each and every one of you. 0
Joe Bellefontaine(Thursday, July 18 13 12:58 pm EDT)
MATHESON, Carrie - Passed away suddenly after a short battle with cancer on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Scarborough General Hospital. Loving mother of Cindy and Shelley (Bob). Cherished grandmother of
Danielle and Brayden. Aunt of Val (Rob), great-aunt of Samson and Daniel. Fondly remembered by many relatives and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at PINE HILLS CEMETERY & VISITATION
CENTRE, 625 Birchmount Rd., Scarborough (north of St. Clair Ave. E., 416-267-8229) on Sunday, July 21st at 1 p.m.
Terry(Saturday, June 15 13 07:24 pm EDT)
It was a terrible blot on NS history. I hope the survivors find peace and solace.
Shelley Johnston(Saturday, June 08 13 04:14 pm EDT)
i got a phone call the other night from a man I never met who wasvisiting family members of mine and wanted to meet with me regarding his past..he said he was a butterbox baby born 1941 his name
listed as Francis now Bill Sullivan..a family member adopted him but died in 1945 im to meet him next week to get detials and to browze through pictures and exchange history while checking on line
here I noticed thata man Victor who passed away 1973 born in 1935 at the home and that family of his was looking for the same family as Bill was so that told me Victor was a brother of Bills .Bill
mentioned to me he had 8 siblings and did not know that Victor existed..he said his mom would of hads him when she was 20 so Victor would of been the eldest and that she would of had him at say
14-15..ara Josephine Lucus passed away 2004 ..his biological mom )I always found the stroy "Butterbox babies intriguing also the Survivors this now opens me up for more seraching ..i will be happy to
meet Bill next week and hope that the family of the late Victor Goucher reads this.(Bill said there are 9 siblings
DTimmins(Wednesday, May 22 13 09:32 pm EDT)
Read the book Butterbox babies found at a book sale. Imagine my shock when I found my husbands (deceased) name in the book (Found his original birth certificate when his mother passed. Have no way of
knowing how to find his relatives.
Daphne L. Smith(Friday, March 22 13 03:00 pm EDT)
i read about this place in Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs. So I went on the net to read about it. Quite interesting.
Mary(Sunday, February 10 13 10:20 am EST)
I searched for many years after I found out I had a half brother born in East Chester. I was so excited when I found him though doing hours of research. In the beginning I did not ever know the year
he was born only a range. When I sent him a letter my heart was pounding but he never acknowledged it. My friends say maybe he thought it was a scam or I was looking for something but I only wanted
to meet him. My heart was broken but had to come to terms that he wanted nothing to do with me. At least I know he had a great family life and is okay Many thanks to the people keeping this site
going I am continuing to do research and maybe can help other people who want to know their families If I can help someone else then that would be wonderful. Thank you for maintaining this site
Kimberley Penny(Wednesday, January 30 13 06:24 am EST)
My thoughts go out to everyone who suffered at the hands of those vile people. It's hard to believe there is an evil like that in the world. I'm happy for all those that survived and have found
relatives. I wish all the best to you all and hope that everyone manages to find what they are looking for.
Joan Boyd(Wednesday, October 31 12 10:54 am EDT)
To: Rev. Catherine Wright When you have your book finished and published would you please let us know how to get a copy. With thanks, Joan in N.S.
Rev. Catherine Wright(Monday, October 29 12 12:21 pm EDT)
A great website. i was adopted by Rev. & Mrs. J.K.Wright in Sept. 1945; am now writing a book with reference to the Ideal maternity Home. Thanks to those who have shown interest in this sad tale.
Tara(Thursday, October 18 12 02:42 am EDT)
I am so sorry to each and everyone one of you for what happened. I shudder to think that anyone would be so callas as to sell a child. I wish you all well in your hunt to find your families.
Holly McMahon(Saturday, September 22 12 01:52 pm EDT)
I have lived in Nova Scotia my whole life, in hammonds plains and just recently learned about this tragic story. it is however nice to see that, those survivors are starting to get reunited with
their families. take care and good luck to those still searching
Judi Ritcey(Thursday, August 23 12 09:37 am EDT)
I just finished reading Butterbox Babies. There was the mention of a Terry DeYoung in the book. My name was Judith DeYoung before I married, and my mother's name was Margaret DeYoung. Not sure if
there is any connection. My dob was April 30, 1949
Paola Zanonato(Sunday, August 12 12 09:09 am EDT)
I've found your story reading the book "Bones are forever", Kathy Reichs. It's terrible. I'm writing from Italy. I'm very shocked.
Robert Ogrudek(Wednesday, August 01 12 07:45 pm EDT)
Beautiful job on the web site
joy (mittleman) delin(Monday, July 30 12 10:22 pm EDT)
i am a butterbox baby listed, my name is joy (mittleman)delin, update my name and info please, the adoption finalized in surrogates court (should show) kings county, ny (thank you)
hazel grove(Saturday, July 14 12 09:01 am EDT)
hazel, i am looking for florence summerhayes who parent were helen leona wilson and charles elliott of n.s. in about oct,1940-1. any information will help to found her she have a brother and 2 sister
still alive.please contact with any good news.about her.she is my cousin.
dawn(Saturday, June 30 12 09:03 am EDT)
my great aunt was adopted in 1941. She is from nova scotia but got adopted in new jersey. Her birth name was florence summerhayes. I am looking for any informaton on her where abouts.
Don and Jan Davis(Thursday, June 21 12 10:15 pm EDT)
We are so happy the website has been revived after Bob's death. We are still hoping to find Don's birth mother and maybe somebody will his "listing" in the May 1946 "Searching" page who can help
Don and Jan Davis in San Diego
Marilyn DesBarres(Tuesday, June 12 12 12:21 pm EDT)
I have witnessed the moment when a man finds his older brother after 61 years. There is no way to discribe the emotions of that moment. When they hugged for the first time.
Anna Maria(Tuesday, June 12 12 09:10 am EDT)
As an adoptive mother, I am happy to read that many survivors were reunited with their biological families.
I wish you all the best and may you find peace and the truth that is rightfully yours.
Gordon Haverstock(Saturday, June 02 12 12:03 pm EDT)
Great to see it up and running again. Congratulations to Joan Lazell and Ira Greenberg.
Miss my friend, Bob Hartlen, so much.