Early Life

Children who were admitted to the Foundling Hospital lived with foster families until they were five years old. For some, foster care provided a loving family environment when they were very young. However, when these children were brought to live at the Hospital when they were five they found the separation from their foster families a heartbreaking experience. At this time society didn't understand the impact that this kind of separation could have. It was only after the evacuations of the Second World War and the findings of the 1946 Curtis Report, which was carried out into the emotional needs of children, that the practice of the Foundling Hospital, and attitudes of society as a whole, began to change.

Bob

A wonderful time

They had the house, which was a typical house of the time...

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Ruth

Be a good girl

One day a teacher said: "Oh, you're a very clever little girl so you're going to a big...

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A very loving family

A very loving family

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Beatrice

The big school

But my mother-- and you notice I call her mother because she is...

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Daniel

Visiting day

My foster mother got me ready and the orphanage just come round with the bus...

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John

No one to help

And he was 14 and when she was-- and she was 15 and... and that was...

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Alice as a baby

Such a lovely pram

We have... little bonnets..., which... my foster... parents' daughter used to make...

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John

A very big wrench

My earliest memories were with my foster mother, living with my foster mother...

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