The Foundling - Paul Joseph Fronczak

The Foundling

By Paul Joseph Fronczak

  • Release Date: 2017-04-04
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 50 Ratings


This is the inspiring and “page-turning” (Booklist) true story of a man who discovered that he had been kidnapped as a baby—and how his quest to find out who he really is upturned the genealogy industry, his own family, and set in motion the second longest cold case in US history.

In 1964, a woman pretending to be a nurse kidnapped an infant boy named Paul Fronczak from a Chicago hospital.

Two years later, police found a boy abandoned outside a variety store in New Jersey. The FBI tracked down Dora Fronczak, the kidnapped infant’s mother, and she identified the abandoned boy as her son. The family spent the next fifty years believing they were whole again—but Paul was always unsure about his true identity.

Then, four years ago—spurred on by the birth of his first child, Emma Faith—Paul took a DNA test. The test revealed that he was definitely not Paul Fronczak. From that moment on, Paul has been on a tireless mission to find the man whose life he’s been living—and to discover who abandoned him, and why.

Poignant and inspiring, The Foundling is a story about a child lost and a faith found, about the permanence of families and the bloodlines that define you, and about the emotional toll of both losing your identity and rediscovering who you truly are.


  • Paul Fronczak - Undeterred Seeker of Truth!

    By Jonnnny B
    What a story! ...but it's NOT a story, it's somebody's ACTUAL LIFE STORY as he discovered his TRUE origins unfold a half century later. I was riveted by not only Paul Fronczak's tenacity in not giving up, but also the selfless assistance he got fron criminal investigators, and more so the various volunteers specializing in DNA and ancestrry. This book, more than anything proves to the reader that the truth may be out there, but it's not always easy to find, and it can at times be downright tragic. God bless the two families that assisted the abandoned baby, first the foster parents (Eckerts) and then the adoptive parents (Fronczaks). It sounds like they were truly guardian angels when the infant needed one most!