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News, Events & Awards

The cover of the May 2013 Issue of Estero Lifestyle Magazine featuring Susan Souza the Mother's Home Mother of the Year!Congratulations to Susan on winning the "The Mother's Home Mother of the Year" award from her work with Our Mothers Home in Ft. Meyers, Fl - a home for teenage Moms!

Because of this work, Susan was interviewed and is on the cover of the MAY Issue of Estero Lifestyle magazine and there is a wonderful article about Susan and her girls. You can click the image and be taken to the Estero Lifestyle May 2013 issue!


Summer 2012

Author Susan Souza's book, The Same Smile was named to the Spirited Woman book picks summer 2012.We are pleased to mention that The Same Smile was named to the Spirited Woman Summer Book picks list! Congrats Susan and Joanne!


Attention Book Clubs:

Select The Same Smile for your book club and invite Susan as a guest speaker. 

Contact Susan for available dates.


Susan's & Joanne's interview in:

"People" Magazine 
September 18, 2006 Issue

Picture taken the day Susan Mello Souza and Joanne Medeiros were interviewed by People Magazine in 2006"In 1968, they were teenage girls, unwed and pregnant. Shunned by family and society at large, like countless women of their generation, they were...FORCED TO GIVE UP THEIR BABIES"

This 4 page article features 3 (long-story) women from the book, "The Girls Who Went Away" by Ann Fessler: Nancy Horgan, Lydia Manderson, and Susan Souza. The article focuses on surrender and reunion. Each mom is pictured along with her son or daughter. Look for Susan's story, "Susan lll", as recorded by Ann Fessler in:

"The Girls Who Went Away"
The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade
by Ann Fessler 
Professor - Rhode Island School of Design

True stories that will make you better understand what we (teenage moms) were put through in the unforgiving 50's, 60's & early 70's..

Susan read excerpts of her story from Ann Fessler's book, "The Girls Who Went Away," along with other "girls" who were interviewed for the book during several if Ann Fessler's book signings.

Susan’s story is also part of the new documentary also by Ann Fessler, “A GIRL LIKE HER” ( )

image of girls from Ann Fessler's A Girl Like HerA GIRL LIKE HER reveals the hidden history of tens of thousands of young women who became pregnant in the 1950s and 60s and were banished to maternity homes to give birth, surrender their children, and return home alone. They were told to keep their secret, move on and forget. But, does a woman forget her child?”

Everlasting: New England Exhibit with Ann Fessler - 2005

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

NOTE: During a four hour interview with the artist, Ann Fessler, Susan's true story was audio taped and then recorded in the Women's History Archives at Harvard. You can hear Susan's voice, telling bits and pieces of her emotional story as part of this historic and extraordinary exhibit.


Susan was a contributor to the book, Grief Dreams: How They Help Us Heal After The Death Of A Loved One

By T.J. Wray

Susan’s review: “Image of the cover of the book "Grief Dreams"Dreaming of our lost loved ones is a gift. A gift that most of us don't quite know how to accept or to grasp. Reading Grief Dreams brought to me a welcomed knowledge of understanding, not only as to why I dream about my daughter, Jackie, but also why/how she uses my dreams to effectively communicate with me.

When I submitted my grief dream to TJ, I never expected the comfort and peace I would gain while finally reading her published pages. So please, if you are lost in the midst of grief, give yourself the benefit of what this inspirational book has to offer.” 


“Mothers Project”

Written and Produced by Celeste Bilhartz

Logo from The Mothers ProjectThe Mothers Project is a one-woman show of poems, stories, songs and images in PowerPoint that tells the stories of mostly middle class unwed mothers from past and present generations who were forced to surrender their babies for adoption... The show also introduces the audience to several reunion stories. Susan Souza and her daughter, Joanne, wrote about their experiences in 'The Same Smile' ... a wonderful book about the courage, compassion and commitment needed to sustain a reunion between a firstmother and her child taken for adoption. Susan credits their positive reunion experience on the safe and stable relationship her daughter Joanne has with her adoptive mother... "I love Susan's book, 'The Same Smile,' because it tells Susan's story and it provides insight, from Joanne's perspective, about being an adoptee who is both curious about and wary of reunion. It tells their truths and it offers hope to families who are just coming to grips with the need … and the right ... for mother and daughter or son to be part of each other's life." Celeste Bilhartz