People (Re-unions, trace old friends and relatives.)
i have been very bitter in my past because of the way i was brought up in the care of the Catholic Children's Protection Society (C.C.P.S.) but now i would like to be able to help others try to resolve some of their own issues. With regard to my own case, i was handed over to the C.C.P.S. at the age of 2, when my parents were no longer able to care for me. My parents were never married but lived together and my fathers name was never put on my birth certificate. My parents split up shortly after that and the Catholic Church hounded my mother for money to pay for my upkeep in Billinge. My mother died when i was 7 and only then did the church decide to foster me out, unsuccessfully, i might add. I eventually ended up back in Billinge. Years later i managed to trace my father, by this time i was 27. He was upset with me for not finding him earlier, as it happens he told me that i had 2 sisters from different fathers. I only spent a few weeks with my father then we only kept in touch through the occassional letter and christmas cards. I was 40 by the time i found my sisters. I then tried to contact my father but he had moved back to cyprus. i went to find him but he had died a few days earlier. I also found my new family on my fathers side. Back in England, i wanted my fathers name on my birth certificate. In order to do so i needed my documents from the C.C.P.S. who wouldn't part with them. The court ordered that i be given all my original documents, in the documents i discovered that my father had been trying to get custody of me from the church up until i was 15. In the documents it mentioned my sisters and all about my mother and her relations. I could have saved years of anguish if they had told me the truth from the beginning. If anyone would like any help in finding out how to go about getting their own documents i would be very happy to assist. My reward will be the pleasure i will receive in helping others to find out about themselves and their families.
P.S. The haunted room in Our Lady's Convent, Greenfield House, Billinge, was a dormatory in the attic called St. Judes (the patron saint of lost causes). This was my dormatory.
Replied: 22nd Jul 2009 at 13:04