Catholic Social Services
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This information was provided by the Child Welfare Specialist, Services Specialist, and
Adoption Search Coordinator for Catholic Social Services, Janice Thomas, who was with the
Agency for 42 years, and retired April 2001.
St. Joseph Orphanage in Green Bay, Wisconsin, was in existence from
1877-1980. They closed their doors in 1980. In the more recent years
before closing, they had become a home for boys who were unable to adjust in
their homes or in foster homes. Catholic Social Services has in safekeeping
the registers of children who were here in the very early years of the
Orphanage's existence and limited record information on others, up until
the time the institution was turned into a home for boys. The files of
those boys were destroyed when the institution closed, because records
existed in the courts of commitment. St. Joseph's was run by the School
Sisters of Notre Dame.
There was another home, Guardian Angel Boarding Home located in Oneida, WI.
No one seems to know what happened to those records, but the Diocesan
Archives, 437-753l, Ext. 8186, Kris Mathies, has school records on some of
There was a home for girls who did not adjust in their own homes or foster
homes called The Good Shepherd Home. It later became known as Our Lady of
Charity School for Girls. That home was closed even before St. Joseph
Orphanage. This home was run by the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity who
still have a motherhouse on the west side of Green Bay. Where their files are
kept is unknown.
Before becoming a home for boys, St. Joseph's generally did not accept
children of high school age. Rather, the boys were placed on farms as farm
hands when they came of that age, and girls were placed in homes as
Inquiries can be addressed to the Child Welfare Specialist.
Telephone 437-7531, Ext. 8234.
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