This photo was taken right before my parents split up and my mother dumped all 5 us in Sacred Heart Home. My younger brother Patrick was too young and was put out for adoption right away and the youngest brother, Bobby who had Down’s Syndrome was disposed of a few years before in a special home for broken babies.

I grew up in Sacred Heart home and survived to share my story. I’ve written and illustrated a graphic novel about my experiences. Many people have contact me wanting more information and to share their memories so I created this spot for that purpose.

Kathy Roman/ O'Connell

Kathy Roman/ O’Connell

I not only survived, I grew up to have a wonderful life. I have a fantastic family and get to create art everyday. You can see my art here (on Etsy) and here (on my blog).

I certain don’t regret having to go through that hell because I would not have become the person I am. But there are so many sad stories and they need to be told.


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  1. I was dumped off there after my mother died of TB and my Dad could not take care of all 5 of us. That was 76 years ago. I still have the nightmares of being locked in the cellar all the time and listening to the rats running all over the dirt floors and I was crunched against the the door all night in total fear because I was being punished at 4 years old for writing on a piece of cardboard box the nun used to stand on to iron her clothes. You want stories…I have a book.

    • Mae Lee – 76 years from 2012 is 1936. The home wasn’t open until 1938. What years were you there? What was your family name? I know something about the place between 1939 and 1948.

      • Hi Rudy! My name is Jini Stringer. I just contributed photos of my father at “the home”. Wondering if you can identify any of the other little faces in the confirmation photo.

      • I was there when it opened and for many years afterwards. My Mother died when I was born of TB and my Father couldn’t take care of 5 kids and work so he put us there.I was there for many years and my Father hated me because he felt I was to blame for my Mother getting TB. I am never grateful for that horrid experience and in many ways it ruined my life and the life of my sisters and brothers.

  2. I have experience working with children in the foster care system. I was looking at your site and found it quite interesting. I am currently working on getting a Master’s degree is social work and was wondering if I could interview you about your experience.

  3. I would like to see the pictures you have from the home. Me and my 4 sisters and brothers were in the home for quite awhile. Undeer the name of Gallagher… Thanks

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