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Letter To The Editor: Help Me Find My Son

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Marilyn Stoudt gave up her son for adoption in White Plains shortly after giving birth in 1956, but now wants to get to know him and is asking anyone with helpful information to contact her .

The Massachusetts resident said she traveled to Tarrytown in 1956 and stayed at St. Faith's Home, a home for unwed mothers, which she said is no longer there. There, she said she was assigned a counselor from a White Plains adoption agency.

After giving birth, she took care of her child for two weeks at St. Faith's Home, which she said was, "a bitter-sweet time". Then, she went home.

By Marilyn Stoudt

Looking for the son I put up for adoption 56 years ago.

In 1956 I gave birth to a boy. In those days it was thought to be wrong to try to find a child after you had given him up for adoption.

As my heart was breaking I knew I’d want to try, at some point, to find him. I gave him up because I loved him and knew that I couldn’t give him a nurturing, loving home. I was 23 years old, but very immature, and I knew it.

Off and on over the years, I have tried to find "my son." I know another woman became your mother and I respect her for who she became to you. But I still think of you as "my son." But now we are trying a different approach.

As I am into the senior years of my life, I realize that this son of mine should know of his blood heritage. He had deep roots in this country and I’d like to tell him about this.

I don’t want him to change a thing about himself. I want nothing from him except talk. I’d like to know about the life he’s lived and I’d like to tell him about his blood relatives and answer any questions he might have. I’ve already answered the first question I think he’d want to ask, "Why did you give me away?"

If you fit the information, or you know of someone who might know of a 56-year-old who was born on April 12, 1956, and was born in or just outside White Plains and was adopted through an agency in White Plains, please answer this note.

Please, I hope he needs to know me as much as I need to know him. In love I ask.

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