Romford Facebook group helps woman find her foster family

PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 April 2017

Sindele as a baby with her foster mum Barbara. Picture Kimber

Sindele as a baby with her foster mum Barbara. Picture Kimber


After 30 years of searching for her foster family, a woman was stunned to be reunited with her foster siblings in less than two weeks, thanks to a Facebook group.

Sindele used Facebook group Romford History to find her foster family. Picture Kimber Sindele used Facebook group Romford History to find her foster family. Picture Kimber

Sindele Adeniyi, 55, was fostered at six weeks old when her parents, African students, could not find anywhere to live in the 1960s.

Met with the response “no Irish, no blacks, no dogs”, most landlords turned her parents away.

The only house that would accept the couple would not let them live there with a baby.

Faced with the terrifying prospect of life on the streets, her parents made the difficult decision to foster Sindele.

She was taken in by Fred and Barbara Kimber, an undertaker and florist who made her “feel like one of their own”.

“I have such great, wonderful memories of growing up in Romford from the smell of the Brewery to running through St Edward’s Church,” said Sindele

“My foster mum and dad brought me up and living with them was such a happy experience – I thought they were my actual parents.

“My foster sister was half-Chinese and I didn’t realise that people couldn’t naturally have all different coloured children until I was much older.”

At eight years old, the former Mawney Foundation School pupil was taken back by her biological family and eventually moved to Nigeria.

She lost contact with the family and desperately tried to search for them.

After moving back to the UK, and after three decades of looking for Fred and Barbara, Sindele decided to look online and messaged Romford History Facebook page creator Mike Parnell. She thought if she was going to find her family, she would find them there.

“I messaged Mike and explained the situation and he was so helpful and let me post in the group,” she added.

“I unfortunately found out that my foster parents had died and it was very emotional grieving for them.

What was great was that I made contact with my foster siblings, Janice, James and Steven and we are meeting up next week – I am so thankful to the group.”

Mike, who originally set up the page to share photos and memories of the area, said: “I am really pleased for Sindele, it makes it all worthwhile.

“We have brought quite a lot of people back together.”


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