In many cases, a certificate of baptism is the only legal document available. Many times, the baby was placed in the care of these organizations without the parent ever being seen. In order to keep a new born from being killed, the parent’s identity was not a requirement. The children, and/or parents often could not read, write, or even speak English. Children were taken from the streets. Sheer numbers prevented accurate records from being kept.
Most of the organizations which were sending children, were religious in nature. As a result, the children were usually baptized before traveling to their new homes.
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