|I am a female adoptee (age 45) searching for my birth mother or father. I was born on 11/05/1964 at Illinois Research and Educational Hospital and I was surrendered to the Chicago Foundlings Home in Chicago, IL. My birth name per my certificate of adoption is Debby Jankowiak – Circuit Court of Cook County. I was placed with my adoptive parents on 03/26/65 and was legally adopted on 11/15/1965 - adopted at 11 months of age. I am blonde with blue eyes. My BIRTHMOTHER’S INFO: came to the CFH on 09/28/64 and was discharged from the CFH on 11/10/64. She was referred to the CFH by the Cradle Adoption Agency. The Cradle was filled at the time, and she was referred to the CFH. My birthmother was born on 02/17/44 in Bresdenbruch, Germany and was single and I was her first pregnancy. She was of Lutheran Faith and at the time, was employed as a general office worker since 02/1964. She had completed Highschool and had 2 years of Commercial College in Germany. Her medical history was noted as insignificant, only childhood diseases. She had a good relationship with her parents who were still in Germany at the time. She was 5’5 ½” – 145 lbs., gray eyes, light brown hair, fair skin and medium bone structure. She enjoyed sports, tennis, swimming and hand ball. Prior to my birth, my birthmother had come to the US 14 months prior and shared an apartment with another girl from Germany who had been in this country for 4 years. Initially, my birthmother was employed as a “mother’s helper” in a Chicago suburb, which is what initiated her stay in the US to begin with. She was unhappy with that employment situation and left after 4 months. My birthmother met my biological father through a girlfriend who was stated to be a very serious and intelligent man. She had known him about 3 months. It is stated that she did not love him but had great respect for him because of his intellectual interests and ability to pursue his interests with great zest and that his aims were high. It is stated that she felt it was in your best interest to surrender you for adoption, since she had no means of supporting you without working and if she worked, I would have to be left in the care of someone else, a situation that she did not believe was in a child’s best interest. She also felt that a child needs a father and a mother and stated: “It would be selfish and unkind to the baby to think of keeping it”. Her plan upon discharge from the CFH was to return to Germany.
BIOLOGICAL MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS: were born in Germany and were of Lutheran Faith. Both sides of the family had lived in Brendenbruch, Germany for several generations. My biological grandmother was 43 years old at the time and was a housewife. My biological grandfather was 45 years old at the time and was employed in a factory as a shipping clerk supervisor. They were both in good health. My birth mother had 3 siblings: 2 brothers, ages 16 yrs. and 3 yrs.; and, one sister who was 14 yrs. old. My birthmother’s older brother was a machinist, and her sister was a student. All were in good health. No other medical history given. My Birthmother’s grandparents were all alive at the time of my birth, but no other information given.
MY BIOLOGICAL FATHER: was 23 yrs. at time of my birth and was born in Yugoslavia. He had completed Highschool and was attending college in the U.S. studying to be an architect. He was in good health, 5’10”, 150 lbs, gray eyes, light brown hair, slender build, fair skin and medium bone structure. He was single, and had never been married and was an only child. He was not aware of the pregnancy. Both his parents were alive and in their fifties at the time – they both too were born in Yugoslavia. They were of Catholic faith. His father worked in a factory and his mother was a housewife. They were living in the U.S. at the time. His father had come to the U.S. about 15 years prior to my birth and due to legal complications, my biological father and grandmother could not join him until 10 years later.