Share Your Story

♥ Read My Story Here. ♥

Any thoughtful contribution will be honored and appreciated – a few brief sentences, a photograph, a well-thought essay – all have a place in our story.

For some, telling your story will be easy; for others, it will take amazing courage.  If you are uncomfortable with the writing process or would like some help collecting your thoughts, please just let me know and I will be happy to assist you in telling your story.

Before submitting any content to The White Shield Project, please read the “Submission Guidelines” below.

Email all submissions (including but not limited to stories, photos, creative writing, etc.) that you wish to be considered for inclusion in The White Shield Project to

#1 Submission Rule: All content submitted MUST be true, and MUST be yours.
By submitting content (including but not limited to stories, photos, creative writing, photos, etc.) to The White Shield Project, you represent that you have the legal, moral, and ethical right to submit this content and that you give The White Shield Project the right to reprint the submitted content on the Internet, via e-mail, and in other print form without limitations, except those specified in writing by you at the time of initial submission.

  • Include your submission in the body of your email.
  • Photos should be submitted as .jpeg or .png files.
  • All submissions are subject editing for language, grammar, and space.
  • DO NOT submit any material you do not have the legal or ethical right to submit.
  • No fee or any other compensation is offered for contributions to The White Shield Project.

Respect for privacy is crucial to the success of this project.  Society’s attitude toward unwed mothers has seen many “changes in tone” over the decades, and thus some may wish to share their story and yet remain anonymous.   Contributors who submit their work via email to must indicate, in writing, any restrictions they wish to impose on identifying information to be included with those contributions.

Information and/or “Comments” placed on The White Shield Project blog/website is not confidential. Any content that you choose to put publicly on this site will be available through Internet search engines, and email addresses that you post can be gathered by spammers.  Do not post your email address on The White Shield Project blog pages or other public location unless you are comfortable receiving increased amounts of spam.

15 thoughts on “Share Your Story

  1. My mother Dona Macinnes was at white shield home between 1956-1959 and gave birth to a baby boy.
    My mom has passed away before she died she spoke of her son. My mom grew up in cottage grove Oregon.

  2. What a lovely place to connect with others. My birth mom was there in 1968. She gave me up for adoption, not on her free will as she was only 14. I connected with my birth family when I was 30. To my dismay, she had passed already, so had my birthfather, but I had gotten to know my maternal Grandmother for 10 years, before she passed and I got to know my Birth mom through pics and stories. My Grandmother had even saved all her childhood stuff and passed it down to me. It’s amazing to have these things in my possesion now, her first comunion dress, handprints in clay, her hospital BC, even her first necklace. I never got to physically know my birth mom, but somehow, through my Grandma, I feel I know her spiritually. White Sheild was a big help in connecting me to find my family.I will forever be Thankful for them giving me the answers of who I really am.Anyone who was there in August through November of 1968, I would love to hear your story and maybe you even remember my Birth Mom. Her name was Sally G. I know alot of the births were on wednesdays and fridays as the doctor would come on those days and if the girls were close to delievery, they would sometimes induce labor. Just little memories pop in my head that my Grandma would tell me. God Bless All, Stephenie

  3. I would like to thank the white shield staff for taking good care of my mother when she came to white shield in the 40’s. My sister and I just found out that we have a half brother. My mother was a very young girl at the time and she had been raped by her father. He did go to prision for the crime.By taking good care of this young girl, she was able to go on to collage, and get married ,and have two girls. We are now in our 50’s. My mother is at pease with her desion to give the baby up for adoption. She is such a strong person. she says she gave this burden to the Lord a long time ago, and just left it up to Him.Thank you White Shield staff, you do make a differance in the lives you touch.

  4. I worked at White Shield in about ’72-73. My duties were in the nursery, labor and delivery, the day-care center, and in the dorm with the girls, both pre and post delivery. I have cherished memories of my time there. If anyone wants to chat, please do!

    Mary Hanks

  5. Searching for birth mother of THERESA LOUISE PIZZI (or PIZI(a)). Born March 25th, 1958. I believe birth mother was a White Sheild, and may be named Florence (?). Thank you, good luck to anyone on a search!

  6. My mother was born on 12/28/1950 and was put up for adoption at 6 weeks old. Her birth mother stayed at White Shield, her name was Viola Pearl Hinkley, she died at 18 in a Psychiatric Hospital in Washington. She was born in Fields Landing, CA and moved to Washington at 14 I think. My mothers birth name was Ester Mary Hinkley. We have one photo of Viola from her medical records. It is in black and white and just her face. She had curly dark hair and blue eyes. My mom has posted on her before, but it was awhile ago and she didn’t include a photo. I included the link to the facebook page that has the photo. I don’t see where to upload it on here.

  7. I went through whiteshield I lived there for 19 months with my daughter I left in aug of 2008 after getting my ged and turning 18. While at whiteshield I learned a lot about being a parent and a lot of life lessons, I miss my friends I don’t see but made friends I still keep in. Contact with.

  8. What an honorable and revered project this is! My great aunt Agnes Viola McNeil was residing at the Portland Salvation Army White Shield Home on April 15th of 1940. I hope eventually to find out what happened to the child she gave birth to, if for no other reason than to be placed on the family tree where he or she belongs. My mother (McNeil) was adopted, too, but her history is known. My quest is to connect the other lost children in our family- “you are not forgotten, you are remembered, you were loved, you belong!”

  9. We are trying to find ny grandmothers first born son he was born on June 10, 1956. At the white shield facility in Tacoma Washington

  10. I am searching for anyone who may remember my mother being at White Shield in September of 1958. She was from Hawaii, beautiful with long blonde hair. I am hoping to gain any information about her child, my half brother :-), who was born at that time. Thank you.

  11. I was born at white shield home in 1956, in Tacoma WA, my mother was 15 and had to fight to keep me. I am jusr trying to get some history of this place. Like the exact location at that time, when it was founded in Tacoma and who started the bome. I am now 61 and want to look into history surronding my birth and birth place. It appears from others story’s that most of the mothers were young and made the choice to give their child up for adoption.
    Just needs some answers.
    Thank you,

  12. My mom gave birth probably 1948-49 to a daughter . 1950 to a son. She kept her son but left her daughter to be adopted.
    Long story short this was a family secret that was not fully revealed and confirmed till now . I think I have access to both birth parents names. We would love to complete a this mystery. This woman would have 4 living 1/2 siblings.

  13. I stayed at White Shield when I was 16 for 10 months 95-96. (Turned 17 before I left) There were so many ups and downs there. My son was 7months when I had moved in there, shortly after I moved in there I found out I was pregnant again. I chose to abort as I was so young and did not know what to do. It is a decision I regret to this day. The staff was so very supportive through it and showed me compassion even though I am sure a few of them did not agree with my decision. I remember thinking long and hard about adoption and a staff member had a couple of conversations with me trying to get me to choose adoption. It was such a hard time in my life. I had come there after staying in a foster with my son for two months and before that, another group home called the Elizabeth house. I got the opportunity to live in one of the little apartments after 2 months of being there. I remember having to reach a level 4 before being able to leave and move into an apartment back in my home town. I have so many stories and memories from there good and bad. Now that I look back on it, I know how much that time helped shape me and become a better mother. I dealt with things there that I needed to so I could start to heal. The whole reason I came upon this page as I am doing a paper on diversity for college. I finally decided to go back at 40! lol. It would be amazing to have a reunion of all women who have ever stayed here. I was sad to read an article that it had to close recently due to funding. Oh if those walls could talk! There are so many stories I am sure!

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