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  • 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 :

    Baby BOY
    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: turtlejms617@yahoo.com. 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:
    https://soundcloud.com/minneculture/stolen-childhoods

  • 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.
    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
    shared....

  • 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:
    Facebook post:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153981260148476&set=a.41781218475.50390.776018475&type=3&theater

  • 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
    identify someone.
    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
    Thanks

  • Elaine Shanks (Sunday, July 19 15 01:49 pm EDT)

    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.