FindFamily Registry Launched to Help Reunite Families with Institutionalized Loved Ones

Today I ran across a very touching CNN article on a brother who searched for and has been reunited with his sister, who had been institutionalized when she was three years old. According to the article,

It’s unknown exactly how many children were institutionalized in the last century. In 1967, at the height of institutionalization, as many as 100,000 children were housed in 162 state facilities across the U.S., according to Charlie Lakin, a professor at the University of Minnesota who studies the history of institutionalization. Other experts put the number of institutions as high as 200.

The ARC, an orgainzation “devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” has launced a National FindFamily Registry  to help facilitate reunions for families separated when a member was institutionalized. Family members and disabled persons and their advocates can register for free, but donations can be made to help support this wonderful project.

9 thoughts on “FindFamily Registry Launched to Help Reunite Families with Institutionalized Loved Ones

  1. How do I find a TB Clinic in the Appomattox VA area for 1936. I would like to find a person that was suppose to be there in 1936. Last name Carroll , First either Walter or Frank.

  2. I am looking for any information on my father who was in the T B hospital in Indiana, Evansville I think. His name was William Blackburn Hurt and he died May 4, 1944

  3. I’am looking for information on my grandmother who died in a mental institution/poorhouse in Des Moines Iowa around 1954. I cannot locate any death records for her. Thanks.

  4. Looking for Harry Ruben information found in Kalamazoo, Michigan State Mental Hospital

  5. I am looking for death information about my grandmother’s sister in either Weston, WV or Spencer, WV in either a hospital or sanitarium. Understood that she may have had TB before her death. (1956?)

  6. TOMMY HAYNES THIS IS YOUR BROTHER FROM BERNALILLO NM WE HAVE NOT SEEN YOU IN OVER 40 YEARS I LEAVE IN GREELEY COLORADO I LIKE TO SEE YOU YOUR BROTHER ANDY PEREA

  7. There were 2 TB Sanitoriums that could have been used by people from Appomattox County in 1936. One was Blue Ridge Sanitorium near Charlottesville VA and one at Burkville Va that is now used as nursing home. Blue Ridge was used as a drug treatment center in the 1980′s.

  8. MY NAME IS LEROY H. WEST I’M LOOKING FOR MY MOTHER I WAS BORN 4-30-1963 MAYBE IN PHILADELPHIA FATHER IS HENRY COOPER FROM NORTH CAROLINA MOTHER I DO KNOW IS GLORIA MILLER FROM GA. REAL MOTHERS NAME MAYBE REGINA WEST

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