Neighborhood Fixture: Booth Maternity Group Home for Unwed Mothers*

The former Booth Home For Unwed Mothers is now a charter school

The former Booth Home For Unwed Mothers is now a charter school

LINCOLN HEIGHTS — The large Mediterranean-style compound in the 2600 block of Griffin Avenue currently serves as the home of the Los Angeles Leadership Academy.  But for about 70 years, the same building served as a served as a refuge for teenage and unwed mothers.

The Booth Maternity Group Home for Unwed Mothers  started after a “wealthy benefactor” donated a house to the Salvation Army for “fallen women,” according to the Booth Memorial Center Facebook page. The Booth Memorial Center, as it was later known,  underwent a major expansion in the 1960s that allowed it to shelter 150 pregnant teens and their babies, according to the L.A. Times.  In addition to housing, the center also included a small maternity hospital and school. But as government funding dried up and more pregnant teens ended up in foster homes, the Salvation Army was forced to close the home in early 1993.

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* Correction: The original version of this post featured a photo of a building that was described as the former Booth Home for Unwed Mothers. That was wrong. The photo has been replaced with a new photo showing the former Booth Home.

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  1. Why were only the women considered “fallen”? What were the men considered? Glad we still have some beautiful buildings from those days….and not the same outdated ideals (for the most part anyway).

  2. It’s a nice old building. I drive by it each morning. The kids do recreation on a stilt court that hangs over the hill just above. Well fenced in, but if you loose a ball, it’s gone I imagine.

    • There’s a fenced in parking lot below the basketball court and they have put in another fence below the school farm so I can’t imagine it’s that bad. Unless it lands on the roof, lol.

  3. Everyone in Lincoln Heights knows the history of that building. Kids always said “that’s where the bad girls go.”

    The girls, actually, used to go for walks in groups with their babies in strollers all the time.

    • sarah williams hoover

      I was one of those unwed mothers in 1942…..if you were there, please email me

      • Hi Sarah,

        Yes, I lived in that mausoleum in 1970 and my daughter was born at White. I was forced to surrender my child because I was so young. Please email me. I don’t see your email address.

        • Hello Sarah
          I was also there in 1970. My son was born in June. who I had the pleasure to reconnect with 32 years latter. I am writing a book about my experience. The memory fades over time and am trying to remember my experiences there and my roommates.

        • Hello Christine
          I was also there in 1970 and am trying to put events back in my memory. Interior pictures would help but I don’t think cameras were allowed. I woul;d love to talk with you and am also looking for a former staff person to help me remember life, rules and other details from that period of my life.

        • I was there in 69-70.

          • doris van Dusen

            I was at Booth memorial house for unwed mothers in 1969 gave birth to a daughter on Dec 12,1969. drichnaty2000@yahoo.com
            Doris Van Dusen. Pasadena CA This is the first contact I’ve made, regarding that part of my life. BE WELL

      • Hi I was in one those places also, my baby girl was born March 27, 1971

      • I may have been born there in Sept of 1943 and was given To a friend of my biological mother. I have no names to search. I was given to the York/Gilbert family in Los Angeles.

  4. This is actually a charter school now. Also, it wasn’t always Mediterranean style. It used to be a beautiful, all red brick building. I’ve looked for pictures forever, but can’t find any. I live on the same block as this building, and can verify, this used to be a bad girls home. “Unwed mothers” is a nice way to put it, but we used to get gang members, suicide cases, and lots of runaways, girls getting picked up by their boyfriends while trying to sneak out/escape.

    It was really crazy growing up with that thing on my block. Too bad they stucco’d it. It used to be look really cool.

  5. Wow. Just wow. All these coments about a building I knew nothing about. Makes me wish I knew all these folks. Great neighborhood.

  6. I started the Facebook page after I discovered last Christmas that I was born there. I had tracked down my birthmother in 2010 but learned the name and location after some Googling. I visited in January, was given an impromptu tour by the pastor of the chapel on the site, took pictures, and started the page to share them with my birthmom (who recognized her room and where she was when her water broke). Next thing I know women start finding the site and posting they were residents there and gave birth, then others posted they had been born there. Since many adoptions prior to the 80s were closed, my hope is that mothers and their birth children might find each other at the site.

    • what is your fb? I was there..

    • sarah williams hoover

      I was one of those unwed mothers in 1942…..if you were there, please email me

    • how can I find more information to begin my search looking for my sister whom I believe was born there in or around 1960? any help anyone can provide would be awesome…. Her name was Andrea (possible last name King) my email is krucker1120@gmail.com

    • What is ur website address, I was born in August of 1970 Saint Annes hospital and my mother is looking for friend she met there by the name of Adriana Garcia.

    • Christine Williams

      My mom was there in the early 1950’s and gave birth to a baby boy. She is now in her 80’s and wants desperately to find him so I told her I would help. I have no idea how to start this process for her and am hoping you can help me. She is not well and I think one of her deepest desires is to let her son know that it was not her decision but forced by her parents to take this action. She is hopeful that he had/has a good life. She just recently shared this with me because I think she was so ashamed (as she was raped by a family friend at age 15) She told me she thinks about him all the time. Since that makes me his “step sister” I would also be interested to find him. Would appreciate any information you can help to get me started. Thank you so very much!!

    • What is the name of your Facebook page I am interested in looking at it. I was there in 1968 and 1969. Thank you

      • Hi my mother was at that school between 1965 and 1968 in trying to find out some information about my life her name was Winifred

  7. I was in this home when I was 17 back in 1975, the neighborhood was so pretty and yes, we did take our babies and go for walks. We had curfew and had to be in the building by 7:00 if I remember correctly. Also, I was not a “fallen women” just a messed up kid from a messed up home….

    • Hi Bobbie,
      I am trying to help a friend with locating her nephew that was adopted out in 1975. Her name is Mary Jo. Her sister was in a home for unwed mothers in 1975, she was much younger and visited her at the home but doesn’t remember the name of it. Her sister has passed away and she would like to try to find her nephew but doesn’t know where to start. I saw you post and was hoping that you might remember a girl named Bonita Sue Riggs. She was there in the spring of 1975 and gave birth to a baby boy and named him David.. If by any chance you could remember her my friend would maybe at least have a starting point. Thank you so very much for any help you might be able to give.

      • Hi Debbie,
        I was there much earlier in 1963 so can’t help you. I gave birth in late January 1964 and was forced by my parents to give my child up for adoption. I wish you luck finding the informatoin you need.

        • Suzanne,

          My birth mother was at Booth in 1963. Wonder if you knew her. Would really love to know when in 1963 you were there. Email me, please. I would really love to hear from you. TBSWIII@yahoo.com I understand if you are chose not to respond.

    • Hi Bobbie,
      Please write me! I was there in 1975 also. I was only 15.

  8. I was at Booth Memorial 2670 Griffin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90031 in 1973, my cousin was at Florence Crittenton Home which was less then a mile away at 234 E Ave 33, Los Angeles, CA 90031 … Sorry to say this picture is not of Booth Memorial but of the Florence Crittenton Home. I walked from Booth Memorial to the Florence Crittenton Home to visit my cousin. Booth, Ctrittenton and St. Annie’s were all a help to girls in need, back in those days!

  9. These photos are of the Florence Crittenton Center, not Boothe. Both are within walking distance of one another and housed pregnant and parenting teens. I worked at Florence Crittenton Center for three years in the early nineties.

  10. I was born at Booth memorial in the ’60s and my mum kept me and she is definately not wayward , only fallen on hard times when she was pregnant and couldnt afford medical. She praises the Salvation army x

    • I was born at the Booth Memorial Home in 1956…My mother was not wayward…she made a mistake and got pregnant…are there any other adults out there born same place, same year?

      • I have an Aunt that may have been born here in July of 1957. Her mother kept her as well. My Aunt doesn’t know any other information about her life at all. Her mothers name was Beverly Gayle Ellis perhaps. My aunt’s name is Toni however I have read that information may have been changed..

      • yes, I was born there in 1956, November and wish they would release my records. I would love to know about my mother and possible siblings.


      • I’m not sure. I was born somewhere in Los Angeles in 1956 definitely. I’m trying to figure out if I might have been born at Booth. Or Crittenden either one. I don’t know anything about my birth parents but I was persuaded to take a DNA test and this is where the research is taking me. I’m thinking I could have been born at Booth on June 13, 1956 and my only information is that I was born under the name of Baby Scmidt”. Wish I could say more but it’s only just a maybe I was there .

  11. I was born here. It is like Meca to me.. a sacred place.. one day I will make the journey to see where I came from..

  12. looking for brother born in 1940….mother adopted out son at birth….mothers name Catherine Benavidez
    if you are looking for your family please contact ……She was in Booth home in or around Pasadena, Ca.

  13. I stayed at Boothe Memorial in 1965. The front waiting room had a really cool fish aquarium-helped calm the nerves. I can recall certain times we were allowed to leave the building in the afternoon and we usually went to the local drug store for ice cream cones.What a site we must have been! I delivered my son Dec 6th and we reunited April of 2011. There was no shadow of a doubt he would be adopted out. Girls today who keep babies can put a strain on family, family budget, society, not to mention moms and dads who are ready and able to adopt your child– without help from CSD. The sad part of my pregnancy;, birth control wasnt made available to us. Where I lived ,a person had to be 18 to buy condoms, which were kept behind the counter where the stern stare of the pharmacist awaited you. Now 12 year old girls can demand, and get, the
    morning after pill, but many dont. sad sad sad.it seems like we are providing an alternative lifestyle for our girls , with all the govt. handouts, housing , food. But I fear we are really robbng them of developing their minds and self worth.

    • I recently reunited with my birth mother who was there in 1965 also. I was born on December 5th of that year. My mothers name is Lana. I wonder if you may have known her. What a small world!!

      • Soana, I wonder if your birth mother knew my birth mother, Margo (Margaret). I was born at Booth Maternity home on Nov. 11, 1965. Would enjoy hearing about your reuniting experience. Colefamily4athotmaildotcom

    • Christina, I was born at Booth Maternity Home on November 11,1965. My birth mother’s name was Margo. I would enjoy speaking to you and learning more about the maternity home. Please consider contacting me colefamily4@hotmail.com
      Thank you.

    • I was at Booth in 1965 as well. Gave birth in September. We must have been there together, maybe even roommates. Just reunited with my son 50 years later. It is so hard to remember a lot of things. Perhaps u can text me… would truly enjoy hearing what u remember. I know we had chores.

    • Christina..I just responded to your text but forgot to direct my response to u specifically. I was also at Booth 1965, giving birth to my son on September 24th. I cannot remember a whole lot, but if u have time would luv hearing from to fill in the blanks. Thank u!!!

    • I am looking for info on my mom may have been there around that time unusual name Winifred

    • I was there in 1968. Your comment brought back memories of taking walks down to the drug store. Yes, what a sight we must of been. I remember the hospital upstairs. I remember sharing a room with a very mean girl. I cannot remember a dining room.
      I remember we would see the girls from the other home and that they were very snooty, ha.

      My parents made the right decision contrary to how others feel. I was 16. I have had a great life with 2 children and grandchildren. I’m not sure when you posted, could be an old link. I just started researching the home.

  14. I attended this school in 1978. I was not a wayward girl. I just was in a really bad situation. I was placed in this school to continue my education while pregnant so that I could graduate, which I did. I did not live there, I lived at home with my family. This school gave me so much. My son is now in his 30’s , a successful pharmacist. I’m glad I did not abort. I praise the Salvation Army. Thank you , you helped make it all OK.

    • Hi Belinda, I lived and went to school there in 1978, do you remember the name of the school? My son is also in his 30’s and is a college graduate teaching at a commit college. Wow wish there was a yearbook.

  15. I lived in boothe memorial in 1988 to 89. I gave birth to a son. I am looking to find some of the girl’s that were there during that time. I have been thinking alot about that part of my life and would like to catch. If any of you ladies see this please email me silkiefine@gmail.com. simone.

  16. I am researching my birth parents and found out that I may have been born at Booth Memorial in 1952. My mom came from Missouri. She gave the address of Booth Memorial Hospital as her address on my certificate of live birth. Quite a revelation! Now I need to trace her whereabouts since then……..

  17. Wow, it sounds like there is a lot of local history surrounding this place.

  18. I was born at booth maternity in 1966 been looking for my birth parents I know she was 19 years of age when she had me just wondering what they look likev a nd any outher family out there my records are closed whent down to los Angeles doption center got little information

    • Hi Tami, we are looking for a little girl born there in June of 1966. My sister was 19. Just maybe ??

    • I was at Booth Memorial from June 1966 until I gave birth to my son on September 29, 1966. We reunited in September 1993 and he is still a huge part of my family. When were you born?

  19. I delivered a daughter there at Booth Memorial home for unwed mothers, in Lincoln Heights, Calif on Sept 14 1967, I had to put her upmfor adoption, it was a very very sad day, I would like to find her, I think about her all the time, She was a beautiful baby, The home took very good care of me, I had no where to go, I remember the fishmtank in the waiting! That brought back painfull memories, I named my little girl Denise Macmillan, I ammsure her name has been changed. ! If anyone knows of her please contact me at 909 3072328

    • Hi I had my baby there April 22 1967. 6 months difference so we probably didnt meet. Did find her in 1989 with the help of CUBS concerned united birth mothers. A lifetime and universe ago. I never even got to hold her so I dont understnd some posts about walking the babies in strollers. I do remember going to the drug store for ice cream and shakes and buying fake wedding rings….sweet girls is what I remember. Very swet.

  20. I gave birth to a little boy….March 17, 1963…I was 19…broke my heart when I had to walk out of that place…and leave him there…can still feel the pain…even after 51 years..!!! I did find him when he was 19…he has been in and out of my life since
    then…he does not have much to do with me….and I do and always will love him so much…not a day goes by that I do not think about him….I can see him on FB…..and I do look at him every day…

    Met a few girls there that I often wonder how they are doing….50 years ago…we did not have ways to keep in touch…
    like we do now…==

    • Cheryl,

      My birth mother was there in 1963. Wonder if you knew her. She was 15. Would love to hear from you if you are interested in correspondence: TBSWIII@yahoo.com Thank you

    • My son was born there April 1st 1964. I am his birth father and I located him through someone (Mimi) who enjoyed connecting adoptees with their birth parents. We finally met I believe late fall of 2001 at stacky’s restaurant in Summerland California. we communicated off and on, but he finally unfriended me on Facebook over some political differences. I checked his Facebook page now and then and wish we could be friends I have tried to contact his birth mother, But so far no luck. She was my first girlfriend and very dear to me both then and now. Unfortunately, I was quite the womanizer and prone to losing interest for new pursuits. I am old and gray now and have my share of regrets, but there’s no going back now. I am so glad I found this page and respond to this touching post with which I can identify. Love to all of you.

  21. I attented this school in 2005-2006 ,i would love to obtain my transcripts but dont know how after hearing this building closed down ,where did my transcripys go??? Anyone with any information please contact me by email @ koolaidbeme24@gmail.com thankz ,Anita Miller

  22. I can relate to Cheryl R. and the other mothers. I gave birth to a son in 1962. Living at Booth was safe and supportive. The worker from the L.A. County Bureau of Adoptions was supportive and honest. She found parents for my son that were what I requested. I worked for the Salvation Army while I was there. All in all, it was a positive experience that I hold in my heart. That sounds strange because giving up my son was the most wrenching experience in my life. In the mid-1980s I searched and found him. He confirmed that the adoptive parents were as represented to me. The LA County Bureau helped me in my searach. We have had a relationship ever since. I am glad that the home was there for me.

    • Wow you are lucky that the la county of adoptions helped u find ur son becuz they refuse to help me and I was born 7.11.66 adopted and I have done everything..even have letter on file in case b mom tried to locate me. It’s so unfair how some county workers act like they are the judge but can guarantee If they had a family member adopted thru their location they wud have no problem giving them all info..found my b father thru search and he didnt even know he got a women pregnant so he is going to call them today to see what his rights are ..fingers crossed

  23. I was born here May 1965. I would love to visit this place next time I’m in CA. I found my birthmother about 18 months ago. She told me about the “unmarried mommies.” “Wayward” “fallen” – Good Lord, all of these references should never have been used. I was adopted into a wonderful family but am so grateful for my birthmom and the extended family that I am now getting to know. I’d love to connect with anyone who was there at the same time – approx February-early June 1965.

  24. Monique Domovitch

    I am an author, working on a new book where the main character is a young mother who lives at the Booth Home for Unwed Mothers sometime in the late fifties to early sixties. Any information people can give me would be greatly appreciated. What did the rooms look like? The hallways? Any baby sitting services? What about meals? Did the girls have work in or out of the building? How many rooms? Play rooms for the children? What ages the children? Any details you can think of would be greatly appreciated.

    • I am a poet and artist. I’d be happy to share information with you- I lived there in 1966. I can tell you there were not any baby sitting needs at that time- no one was allowed to keep their children – all surrendered. See Ann Fessler’s wonderful book, “The Girls Who Went Away”.

      • I was born there 1961 and I’m still looking for my Birth Mother. Please email me with any information as my records have been sealed.

        • Hi Vanessa,
          My Name is Jennifer Sin,
          My grandma told me about a baby she had in Sept of 1961 at an unwed mothers home. So I am now looking for my Aunt. My grandma don’t remember much information but If you were born in Sept. of 61, would you please E mail me. My E mail Is Jennifer_Sin1@yahoo.com
          Thank you so much

      • Hi Patty, I may have been born there as well after researching and being born July 11,1966 I’m hoping u may have known my birth mom all I have is S. Davis she was into poetry and reading she was 20 and cudnt tk on a child so I was adopted 4 mos later .my birth info says cedars of lebon hospital but I can bet she had me at this home then I was taken to cedars for an operation I had to have a mos later .she came from north Carolina from what I got and she was 5’9-1/2 dark brown hair and brown eyes said very attractive into singing & dancing .I did find birth father which ws amazing ..he didn’t know about me but doesn’t remember the girl he did live with around that time but they broke up and he married someone else so I’m thinking that’s why she never told him ..I wud lov to know her and know her side of the fam. My email is lbabashoff@Gmail.com all it said on birth cert was baby girl Davis .my bio dad is Jeff speeth and everyone was living in communes

    • I was was at Booth spring and summer 1969. To keep anonymous we went by our first name and first initial of last name. The rooms were like an old hotel from the 20 or 30s. The furniture was mix and match donated by different organizations or charities. There were plaques on the doors of who donated. Ours was the Wednesday Morning Kiwanis Breakfast Club. Not sure why I remembered that. If you weren’t keeping your baby you weren’t allowed to hold them. Only look at them through the window of the nursery. Heart wrenching. I was fortunate to keep my son and married his father. Let me know if you would like more information I would be willing to share some stories of my experience there.

      • I would love to hear Patsy. I was there probably 6 months after you.

      • Dear Patsy,
        I was there from November of 1963 until after the birth of my son in late January 1964. I remember the rooms. They were plain with a bathroom sink and standing closets. Down the hall of the two floors of rooms was a big bathroom with showers and toilets we had to use. We each had chores to do, I worked in the basement washing the linens and towels and folding them. Do you remember the clothing bin we could look for maternity clothes in left behind by other girls? I rermember we were not allowed to bring our own.

        We all adored the cook Mattie who fed us great meals. She liked to guess what sex your baby was and she was right much of the time.

        My parents wanted to hide me away and keep my pregnancy a secret so told family and friends I was at boarding school. My father was a drinker and knocked me around badly when he found out I was expecting so I was happy to leave but scared since I was just 15 years old. The babies father and I may have been young but we were so in love. He was a year older and was more than ready and willing to care for both me and our baby but the fear of my father kept me from going to him. Today, I regret I did not go! I found out from his family that he told them I was his heart and the love pf his life. He was the same to me and about a year or more ago I found out he lived in another state and wanted to find him but to my shock, he had passed in 2007 from pancreatic cancer. I still mourn his passing today. I have seen pictures of him through the years that his children who contacted me have shared. I keep in touch with them and we share stories.

        If on;y we could have made phone calls or had visitors not on our parents list! I’m sure we would have been happy and together all of our lives. We both did meet our son when he was in his 30’s by the way. Not at the same time but we did each spend time with him. My heart still breaks that I lost the love of my life as well as my son. I do know if I had the means to locate him after we moved and torn apart, I would have found him. The home was a refuge but it became my personal prison.

        Anyone else want to share their story? I still cry over my loss of my baby and his dad though I have had other children, I never have loved like I loved the young man who treated me like a princess. God bless you all.

      • Hey, Patsy! I was there at same time! Gave birth July 24, 1969 at 11:50 P.M. I’ve never been able to find her. Suzanne’s story (above) describes my situation about the father exactly. He’s alive, for now, but will be passing soon, too. My Mom is almost 97, Really important to find her soon so she can meet them. But, we know how impossible it is. If anyone would like to contact me jaddr777@gmail.com. I see these are old posts but just found it today. Hope someone sees mine!

      • I gave birth to a son in May, just before Mother’s Day (I remember being in hospital bed and someone coming in and giving me a tube of lipstick for Mother’s Day). The year was 1969 I believe (could have been 1968 but I’m pretty sure it was ’69). I don’t remember much about that time but I was 14 almost 15 at the time and things at home were not good. We moved every year! If anyone thinks they were there when I was please contact me! lmcnultyfl@tampabay.rr.com. I do remember having chores and a vague picture of our rooms. I would love to hear from someone

      • Deborah Lynn Blethen

        I gave birth to my daughter on January 17, 1969 at this facility.

    • I was there and delivered my son in June of 65. If you are writing a book, I would love to talk to you. Some of my memories are as vivid as if it were yesterday. We were all called our first name and just the letter of our last name for privacy. I was 15 , and it was the most devestating thing in life that had ever happened. I did not have a choice to bring my son home. I was always open about having a son, and put my name on his birth cert. I know many of those girls would leave there and never tell anyone, and forced to live a lie for the rest of their lives, and suffer a loss they could never end, unless they were lucky enough to find each other later in life. The strawberry shortcake that was at the thriftys was the best, and I fattened right up and got in trouble for putting on so much weight. For people searching………….The birth records went to the county that you were adopted in. Start there, if you are searching.
      Would love to talk to anyone who would like to drag that old skeleton out of the closet.

    • I was there in 1969. I can tell you what it was like then.

  25. I’m helping a friend search for his birth mother. We think he was born at St Ann’s May 11th 1969 and stayed there until he was adopted a few months later. Male ISO birth family born 05/11/1969 Los Angeles CA. We hope and pray you are looking for him!

  26. wow hearing these stories are fascinating! i was lucky to live in the building in the pic from 1988 til 1991 was the best years of my youth! i resent one of the commentors describing the girls as “wayward” i guess its easy to judge when your an outsider looking in, yes there were girls with serious emotional issues who were abused, abandoned, molested, or came from dysfunctional homes, i also wanna clarify that Booth Memorial was for young unwed mothers only, While half of the young ladies who resided at crittenton were mothers who lived on the 2nd fl while the “non mothers” such as myself lived on the 3rd floor, i was no where near “wayward” remained a virgin until i turned 20 years old, i lived here because of my mother’s issues but i was not a bad or troubled adolescent, this place was a safehaven for me,believe it or not for extra credit i attended Lincoln high witch was in the area and those girls who had a home and a mom and dad were gang members, sexually active and doing drugs! so the point that i am making is u can find a bad girl in any part of the U.S from lower income to higher income neighborhoods it does not matter…i would personally like to thank all of the Crittenton Center staff members for their dedication and patience, my favorite Pat Munoz, Nate, Char, activities coordinator Bertha, Tom Tomasello,, teachers Penny and De’A nne i hope i got their names right any ladies who lived their between 1988-1991 email me at (cricketshops@aol.com)

    • I lived there for 8 months in 1988 as a non pregnant person on the 3rd floor. I’m just remenising on my past. God bless you!!!

      • I was there In 88 also on the second floor old wing for a while before I gave birth in Nov of 88 and moved to the new wing.

  27. I’m so glad I found this site! I was at the Florence Crittenton home (pictured above) in 1965 and had my baby on March 29, 1965. At the time I was there, we were sent to Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, signed adoption papers, and then were sent back to the “home” to rest for a day or two and then sent back home. Because I wouldn’t sign, I was put in a area all by myself. Later, I had to sign, there was no other choice for us at the time. I eventually reunited with my daughter but I will never forget any of it. My daughter and I visited the home a couple of years ago (then a school). I remembered every room and the room I stayed in. It was awful and still haunts me today. We were all told “you will forget, you will forget.” it was a lie. I never forgot. If anyone out there was there at that time, please e-mail me at dlovitt@asarco.com. I would love to hear from you. I conitnue to heal, even at this age.

    • sarah williams hoover

      Dear Donna, I gave birth to a baby girl at FCH in Los Angels Ca. in 1942…I gave her up for adoption & found her 51 yrs later. She lives in Hawaii.

      would you email me or call me. maybe we have nice thoughts to share.

      Sarah sarahshoover781@aol.com or 714 761-5618

      Blessings to you and thank you for reading this.

  28. I got into a lot of trouble as a teen and found myself in front of a judge more than a couple of times. I got placed in a few group homes in hopes that they will help me get my act together and this was one of them. OMG this place was terrible. There were a lot of lesbian relationships going on between the minors and it was totally supported by the staff. I remember running away once and this man started walking alongside me trying to convince me to go into an ally with him. The staff didn’t even bother to come after me or at the very least call the police. There was also a lot of gang activity. These homes are created with the best intentions, unfortunately giving the leniency and poor behavioral structure, places like this one cause more harm than good.

    • Hi Bella, my friend lived at Florence Crittenton in 1978 til 1981 or so. She told me about the relationships that were happening including her own, you there at that time?

  29. Bridgette Boucher

    I believe I was born here in July 1970. Would like to see if any others were possibly there at that time.

  30. This email is meant for all of the mothers who were at FCH ….around 1942…in L.A. CA….PLEASE EMAIL ME.

    Sarah Hoover

  31. I was there in 1985, given birth to my son at the age of 15 years old. I was a runaway and very hurt young lady back then, I went thru some serious trauma. After having my son, I left that place and refused adoption. I wanted my son and did not give a flick about my age, I raised an outstanding young man, who proudly served our country and is a married man. I put myself thru school and I have been on my own every since.

    I am thankful for the few wonderful staff there and a couple of young ladies that were just cool. I still have a picture of one of my friends babies. Young ladies there went thru a lot there. I witnessed at least two infants deaths, Many of them were in stable relationships but the courts sent them there, many fathers were involved. Witnessed a few adoptions, and watched several women given their babies up and how it affected them. It was painful. One lady gave her baby up because she was forced to, she hated her family. But it was their culture I suppose, not to have unwed child.
    Wow I forgotten so much.. so many memories.

  32. Looking for anyone who was there in 85

  33. Hello,
    I was born there.
    June 28 1959.
    I’m a white female.

  34. Michelle Davis

    My mom possibly lived at the Booth home, she came out from Wisconsin back in 1953, gave birth to a baby boy and gave him up for adoption. She now has Alzheimers and I can’t get much information out of her, she also refers to the Evangeline home for women in Los Angeles. Any connection between the 2? I know both are affiliated with the Salvation Army. Anyway trying to find out more information regarding my 1/2 brother. Thanks

  35. Hello

    I am in search of my birth mother, father or siblings, I was born 11/28/1956, a boy, and adopted shortly thereafter. I was in a foster home with a chinese couple until adopted. If you know anything, please contact me.

  36. I was there in 74 . That building does not look like the one I remember.
    But I do remember we use to go up on the roof and smoke.
    And we did take walks, and Lincoln Heights was so beautiful, and had the best places to eat.
    I still find it difficult to talk about my baby. So I won’t.

  37. I was born there on January 4, 1965. My birth mothers name was Patricia Espinoza. She gave me up and I was adopted by amazing parents but the need to know where I came from was ever present. I was lucky enough to find her when I was 27 and she was automatically “Mom”. It was that simple. I would love to hear from anyone that was there when she was there that may remember her. She passed away last October and although I had her in my life for 25 years I always tried not to bring up that time as it was so very painful for her. I’ve always been curious to know more about her story when she was pregnant with me, so I was hoping that maybe someone on here may have been there when she was. Thank you! My email is roxxvamp@msn.com

  38. Verlonda kirkland

    I was a resident there in 1988 and had a beautiful daughter in aug 89 booth memorial had so many memories there good bad and sad but the booth girls were like a family for me anyone there during that time i would like to hear from you a past that will never be forgotten

  39. Hi to all,
    I am helping my adopted brother search for his birth mom. He was born at Booth on Dec. 27, 1965. His mother was white and 18 years old. She was described as 5’4, brown hair/brown eyes. Was a talented painter. She was unmarried and persuaded by her family to give me brother up. The adoption agency used was Infant of Prague. That’s about all the info we have to go on. If anyone has info or advice, we’d love it. Thank you!!! Laura

  40. I was there in @November 1967-1968 and gave birth to a baby boy March 29, 1968. I was forced by my parents to give him up for adoption and have suffered ever since. I’ve been through many years of psychotherapy just to be able to deal with the ramifications of that trauma. We did find each other and had a 2 year relationship before he died at age 42. I won’t go into detail here but his story confirmed my misgivings about giving him up for adoption.

    The reason i’m posting this is to try to find my friend from there that I would love to reconnect with. She helped me get through that 5 months of misery. Her name was Sandy. She gave birth to a son there and was able to keep him. The last I heard she moved with her boyfriend to Oregon in the early 1970’s. SANDY IF YOU SEE THIS PLEASE REPLY.

  41. I was born “here” in June 1953. I guess I’ll wait until Sept. 2 2018, as no inquiries are being accepted at present. I was sent some info while in college around 1975, but with all of the technological advances I thought I’d see if there might be additional info I could see. Amazingly, after My Mother passed, I found documents and found out I had a name before I was officially adopted. (It’s a crazy story) My Birth name “was” Randy Wood. My best friend in High School was a Chip Wood. I am curious as to the quality of care at that time. Sometimes I think I may have experienced some form of trauma. ( I’m “Bipolar) Anyway, I’ve been putting this of for years and thought I should look into this before it doesn’t matter. All the best to All…

  42. I believe I was born at Booth (at least my amended birth certificate says I was) sept. 1st 1962 and was adopted at 3 months old after being placed in foster care. It is possible my mother’s name was Beverly Ann Daniels or Sandra Lee Daniels. Both girls would have been around 15 or so. My birth name was Terry Lee Daniels which fits Sandra Lee Daniels but the timeline fits Beverly Ann Daniels better. They were sisters and unfortunately both have passed away. If these names sound vaguely familiar to anyone PLEASE email me. I yearn to find out who I am. God Bless

  43. I believe I was born at Booth (at least my amended birth certificate says I was) sept. 1st 1962 and was adopted at 3 months old after being placed in foster care. It is possible my mother’s name was Beverly Ann Daniels or Sandra Lee Daniels. Both girls would have been around 15 or so. My birth name was Terry Lee Daniels which fits Sandra Lee Daniels but the timeline fits Beverly Ann Daniels better. They were sisters and unfortunately both have passed away. If these names sound vaguely familiar to anyone PLEASE email me. I yearn to find out who I am. God Bless

  44. I was here on 1969. Gave birth to my beautiful daughter in 1970. The goodness a social worker saw something in me an returned my daughter to me after 6 weeks in foster care. She put my baby in arms and told me to go home with her. She gave me a box of donated necessities . Today my child is head of a major Loa Angeles city’s school district center for disabled children. We won the battle.

    • I was there and delivered in Sept 1968. I was distressed to hear your child wasn’t to foster care. I was told my child would be adopted by a couple.

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