I'm an American applying for an Italian passport. I have an appointment with the Italian consulate in October and I have to have all the documents ready by then. I have everything except for one crucial document.
My mother was born in Italy in 1938, birth name Zonfrillo. Her parents were killed in the bombing and she, her brother and sister lived in an orphanage (Rocco Di Papa and Monte Mario). She and her brother (but not her sister) were adopted into this country by a priest (Father Fusco) in Queens, NY to a couple named Eramita. Sort of shady; it almost seems like the church was handing out kids, but I don't know. Ten years or so after that, she was married to my dad by the same priest. She had no birth certificate at that time.
We have obtained her Italian birth certificate and we have her marriage licence and naturalization papers. What we do not have is any record of her adoption. As such, the name on her birth certificate (Zonfrillo) is different than the name on her marriage licence, naturalization paper, as well as my birth certificate (Eramita) and we have no official document stating Maria Zonfrillo is in fact Maria Eremita. We've been trying to get information from the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and The Office of Child Welfare of Catholic Charities but so far we have nothing.
A woman at the Italian consulate said it might be possible to draft a statement explaining the situation which my mother can sign and we would get authorized and translated. I have no idea how this statement would be worded or if it even it would work. My mother has an older sister who still lives in Italy (yes, the church split them up); maybe a statement from her would help. This is a whole grey area I have no real information about.
Hi, on the Maria Zonfrillo ship's manifest, it is wrote that she arrived in USA for adoption by aunt and uncle: John EREMITA ( right spelling)122-10 Rockway Blvd, Ozon Park NYC.
I believe that the uncle Alessio Falso in Castelforte(Latina) maybe guardian of orphans in Italy, it authorized the adoption and the emigration in USA; and all must be made by notary or by Commune.. so, some document must be in Italy abt adoption and emigration... New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 about Maria T Zonfrillo Name: Maria T Zonfrillo Arrival Date: 23 Jun 1947 Birth Date: abt 1939 Birth Location: Italy Birth Location Other: latina Age: 8 Gender: Female Ethnicity/ Nationality: Italian Port of Departure: Naples, Italy Port of Arrival: New York, New York Ship Name: Saturnia
also it is possible that Maria Zonfrillo never legally adopted; the WWII ended and many italian orphans joined at relatives emigrated in USA, and they raised it... simply, without a legal adoption.. maybe you can make a affidavit stating that Maria Zonfrillo and Maria Eremita/Eramita are one and the same.. Also by ship's manifest and a similar affidavit by living Eramitas in USA, stating that Maria was raised by John Eramita family, and used Eramita surname on the marriage document...