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Old 10-03-2008, 03:19 PM
 
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My mother was raised in Shawn Acres Orphanage in Dayton Ohio, till she was 18 and then
released. I have been trying to get any records from there as I have been
told it is closed down now.
Does anyone know about the place and how I could get information about
the years my mother was there? Does anyone know anyone that worked there.? She was there from birth, she was three week old when her dad left her there. 1921 to 1939.
Please email me at copper_pennie2002@yahoo.com and let me know anything that could help me . I would appreciate it.
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:08 PM
 
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I would expect that the records would be transferred to the local county social service department or the state social service department when it closed. I have adopted siblings that lived there for a short while well after 1939 and I was told that one of them did track down one of their birth parents.
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Old 10-31-2008, 12:54 PM
 
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esya, thank you so much for the reply. Your siblings are adopted from there. WOW
I will check with the agencys you said.
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Old 01-03-2009, 12:16 PM
 
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Did you find anything out? My dad was there too, from 3yrs til 18. I heard that they still have old pictures hanging up there if you go to those offices now. My dad always told us stories, did you mother? take care! KRIS
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:23 PM
 
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I was there from 1961 to 1969. There was 11 of us, only 4 got to stay at Shawen Acres. Rest were adopted out. It is still there, only closed and used for office space. It is currently fighting from being destroyed. I believe it is on the registry as historic sights. Dayton still wants to destroy it.
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:19 PM
 
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Default My lost sister

I to remember living there. Some of my brothers and I were in cottage #5. We all got to be together eventually except 1 of my sisters. I must of been 2 or 3 years old. There were 10 of us and I was next to the youngest. I would really like to meet her again. She moved to St. Marys Ohio the last I heard. That was 32 or 33 years ago. Some of my siblings have past away since then.
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Old 07-25-2009, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Dayton, OH
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Folks with connections to Shawen Acres should check out this discussion thread at Dayton History Books Online.
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:51 AM
 
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Please any of you reading this who were in Shawen Acres from 1965-1969 and can remember Diane Christopher, had a sister named Debbie, was in cottage 7, would you please contact me at Dctcb5@aol.com. I remember some families who had several children in there at once. Richard Kouts, Dean and Doug Watkins, Henrietta Blankenship, Telitha Miller, Gary Burton. Shawen Acres was home to so many of us.
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Old 03-14-2010, 01:50 PM
 
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My mother was given to Shawn Acres when she was three weeks old by her
father and was never adopted and lived there till she was 18. Her father was
Bruce Kerns and I have not been able to find anything out about him
She was placed there in 1921 three weeks after she was born because her
father couldnt care for her.
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Old 03-14-2010, 02:54 PM
 
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Not to disparage the very good foster parents who put heart and soul into taking care of their kids, I believe we should have orphanges instead of the current foster care system that's mostly broken...

Last edited by Crew Chief; 05-16-2010 at 10:46 AM.. Reason: "i" before "e" except after "c"...DOH!
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