St Patrick’s Guild adoption agency catered to ‘unfortunate girls of good class’
‘These unfortunate girls are of good class with, usually, excellent background. In most cases it is imperative that they return to their employment within a fortnight or less, after the birth.
Many of them are working in such places as government offices, solicitors’ offices or hospitals. The greatest secrecy is not merely desirable but essential. Should there be a shadow of suspicion or scandal the girl’s whole future might be in jeopardy.’
Sister Frances Elizabeth, of the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, writing in 1952 about St Patrick’s Guild, the same year in which legislation was passed creating a legal framework for adoption from An Affair with My Mother: A Story of Adoption, Secrecy and Love by Caitríona Palmer (Penguin).
Between 1947 and 1967, St Patrick’s Guild sent 572 children to the United States for adoption, the largest number of any adoption agency in the state.
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