Christian Family Concern started life over 120 years ago and has gone through many changes before becoming what it is today.
Founded at a time when pregnancy outside of marriage and struggling families were barely acknowledged, many young women suffered shame and lived in poverty.
Fortunately times have changed, but the legacy of that past era lives on. We regularly receive calls from people seeking to discover more about their heritage. They are keen to find out where a parent was born, or perhaps where they themselves were born.
We ran several maternity homes (see History Timeline below) but we only have the registers for those births which took place at Birdhurst Lodge, South Croydon.
When we ceased to be an adoption agency in 1992, all our adoption files were transferred to Croydon Council. If you or the person you are enquiring about was adopted through one of our former agencies, a file may exist there and enquiries can be made through:
Senior Post Adoption Worker
Croydon Council — Children Families and Learning
Adoption and Permanence
7th Floor, Jeanette Wallace House
1 Edridge Road
Croydon CR9 1AF
Tel: 020 8726 6400 Ext. 84554
If they confirm that a file does exist, they will arrange for an Adoption Support Worker to liaise between the parties concerned.
You might find the following information sheet useful, which Senior Post Adoption Worker, Frank Hancock has prepared:
Likewise, if you (or the person you are enquiring about) lived in one of our children’s homes, those files are now in the safe-keeping of the Archives Unit and permission to access them is granted through ourselves.
If you wish to make an enquiry, please click on the link below to download the Family History Enquiry Form.
We charge £15 for the initial enquiry and once your payment and form are received, we will deal with your request.