The fate of the foundling still depends starkly on where it is born.
For it goes without saying that ‘every child, even a foundling , is reputed to be the son of a father’.
Drawing on historical research and contemporary interviews, Adie sheds light on how the fate of a foundling differs starkly depending where someone was born.
Ginger Rogers plays a department store clerk who is mistakenly identified as the mother of an infant foundling .
She had a friend who was abandoned at birth, a foundling , and she began to realise that abandoned children were in a far worse position than adopted ones.
Thus an elaborate plan was hatched, making it appear that the baby, born in 1922, was a foundling .
Perhaps you recall the scene in Three Men And A Baby where Tom Selleck, cradling their foundling in the crook of his arm, reads the child a story about a championship boxing match in that same tone of voice.
The hospital was the parent of all foundlings admitted until they reached the age of 21, overseers and other local officials having no power in the hospital.
The nuns had a special social role in care for the sick and in rescuing foundlings .
Lastly, the deserving poor, including foundlings , orphans, the neglected infants of working mothers, adolescent girls on the streets, the sick, and the aged had to be brought within the pale of religious life.