I'm mad... yes, frustrated and going mad!
For some time I've been attempting to find out about the time that my father spent in foster care in Frederick County Maryland. He was very young, but had vivid memories of starting school, knew what school he attended, and even somewhat remembered the last name of the family that he stayed with for 3-4 years. With these clues, we know the years to be from abt. 1942/3 - 1945/6. My frustration comes from finding out why he was placed in foster care, and no one seems to have the records for him. First I tried the offices of CPS where his family was living at the time (Washington D.C.), they kindly sent him a letter stating that they could find no records for him. Then I tried to find out something from the offices in Frederick County where he was placed - very helpful folks, but because he was in care there, they had no records of why he was placed. If children were placed in foster care, they often went off to the country to live with a family, in this case he and his brother Vernon were placed about 65 miles from home. While he was still living, we went through the process of attempting to get his records and no one seemed to have them. We are unsure of the circumstances around why he was removed, and at what exact age - this is the information he always wanted.
So, to anyone who might read - any ideas? Has anyone tried to get foster care records and how did they go about it? What offices should I contact next?
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