The Legacy of The Adopted Child

The Legacy of The Adopted Child

An excerpt from the book “Finding My Life Through The Children’s Home” by Janet L. Mancini.

Once there were two women who never knew each other,
One you do not remember, the other you call mother,
Two different lives, shaped to make you one,
One became your shinning star,
The other became your sun.
The first one gave you life,
And the second taught you to live it.
The first one gave you a need for love,
The second was there to give it.
One gave you a nationality,
The other gave you a name.
One gave you a talent,
The other gave you aim.
One gave you emotions,
The other calmed your fears.
One saw your first sweet smile,
The other dried your tears.
One sought for you a home that she could not provide,
The other prayed for a child and her hope was not denied.
And now you ask me through your tears,
The age old question u answered through the years,
Heredity or environment which are you a product of?
Neither, my darling neither,
Just two different kinds of love.
Our adopted parents were Alberta and Baptiste Mancini.  We were placed I. Our adopted home on Memorial Day 1958.  Our adoption was finalized on Christmas Eve 1958.  Our parents were looking to adopt a little boy. But when they came to The Children’s Home, and found out there were twins, they did not want to separate us, they wanted both of us.  This makes the biggest difference in the life of a child.
I had the best of everything but most of all was their love and acceptance.  I thank God every day for the life I was blessed with.
I wanted to add here, the woman who lived in the house beside my parents home, Dona Sands, told my parents that there was a Children’s Home closing and the children needed to be placed.  It was Dona Sands’ aunt, Mary McKnight Connelly, who was the matron of the home.
Then after many visits from The Children’s Home Society to my parents’ home, they found very worthy of children.
After the death of my adopted mother, I became curious about my birth mother.  This was August of 2000.  My brother John had done some searching years earlier, but now my time had come.  John gave me my birth mother’s name and my search began.
I called an old friend of my adopted mother, Dona Sands, and ask her if she knew where The Children’s Home was located.  Dona wasn’t sure, but knew it was in Fayette County, PA.  It turns out Dona was the niece of the Matton of The Children’s Home, Mary McKnight Connelly. I called the Uniontown library, and spoke to a woman who told me the building at 141 Oakland Avenue, Uniontown was still there.  This event transpired 45 years after leaving The Children’s Home.
The following week, I went back to the building, and as I walked the floors and looked around, I was amazed because memories started to flow like water.  I recognized the black and white linoleum, the large oak stairway, the two large dining rooms, and the scenery.  I realized this was the first day of my life that I could remember, Memorial Day 1958, the day my twin brother and I left The Children’s Home.  As we were leaving with my new parents, Alberta and Baptiste Mancini, the sun was shining brightly through the Poplar trees, and I felt such a warmth and comfort from the sun that I knew everything would be alright.  As the sun came through the trees and windows of the car, I was fascinated by this feeling and sight.
I will never forget the drive to our new home.  A place where I felt very much loved and accepted.  After having lost my birth mother, birth father, all of my siblings, and enduring a life-threatening scalding accident at 2 years of age, I was ready to go on with my life.  I was very happy in my new home.
Janet Louise Mancini on Google
Janet Louise Mancini
I am a researcher, and this is how my first book, Finding My Life Through The Children's Home, came about. I have enjoyed writing this book so much, that it became my passion. I have put many hours into researching my roots that I feel I have given birth. I have never experienced childbirth, but I think I know now what it feels like.

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