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"We're going to take you kids,"he pointed to each of us sitting on the couch and said our names in a sing-song voice "Jackie...Tommy...Hellen...David... and Nancy," pausing between each name as if to prove he knew them, "...to see a school tomorrow, a boarding school, see how you like it." He said this in a voice
that implied it was temporary, like we'd have a choice about attending.
With those words the Canfield siblings began a journey that profoundly shaped their formative years. Home Kids is Nancy Canfield's courageous retelling of her family's dramatic story, and the inspirational story of St. Agatha Home for Children.

All profits are donated to St. Agatha Home and its more than 100 group homes. You can buy a copy directly from the author by sending a check for $24. 95 payable toThe NY Foundling, and mail to Nancy Canfield, 11438 Lucera Place, San Diego, CA 92127. She'll be happy to sign it for you. Email: Nancy here
( At the bottom edge of the check you may add "For St. Agatha Home Services".)


On Sat. Oct. 15, 2005, a reunion was held at St. Agatha Home for Children, in Nanuet, NY. For the last time, the grown up Home Kids who lived as children there, filed into the chapel pews for mass. They looked around as they did so many years ago, and knew that soon, this building, erected in 1899, will once again become a pile of bricks in 2007.

The book, "Home Kids, The Story of St. Agatha Home for Children," chronicles the history of how and why St. Agatha Home came into being. What alternatives were there for tens of thousands of children living on the streets when parents died or abandoned them, or became too sick with yellow fever, cholera, and TB to care for themselves even? Most of them were immigrants who came from a distant land to see a chance, for freedom, for life. In America, the streets were not paved in gold as they had heard. They were disease ridden, crowded and dirty. The few jobs that were available barely kept them alive. Their babies died. Mamas died. Breadwinners died.

World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean Conflict, Viet Nam, drugs, racism, the problems changed from decade to decade. But the babies, the children, the helpless were always there. St. Agatha Home opened to help as many of the children as possible. At first there were four little orphaned sisters and three nuns. By the end of the month there were 45 little girls, then 150, all in the same tiny little house, the Little Flower House. Two years later the boys began to arrive. More and more children kept arriving until 2005. Then, no more children came, and most of those who were there were sent to live in foster homes and group homes. But, they still need care, they still need money to take care of them. The sale of this book, Home Kids, will help some. These words by an anonymous author were as true in 1884 as they are today;

"A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove ... But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child." You can help too by buying the book to generate funds for the kids.

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