Hello. I am a 34 year old woman from Detroit, MI. I found out when I was 27 years old that I had been adopted when I was 18 mths old. Throughout my childhood, I had always felt that something was different about me, and my mom, unfortunatley, didn't try to hide that fact. When my family finally told me, there was a feeling of "I knew it". Ever since then, I've been wanting to find my birth family; to see people that I resemble, to see where some of my characteristics come from, and to hopefully feel complete. My parents told me the home from which I was adopted and I called to ask some questions. The gentleman did know that I have 2 siblings and somehow my mom knew what my birth mother's name was, but I guess with all of the possible different spellings of the name, I haven't had any luck. The gentleman had done some research to see if my records were sealed or open and found out that if I had been adopted a year later then the record would have been opened, but some sort of law or something wasn't passed until a year after I was adopted.
The only way now to figure out any other information is through a court mediator. As I understand it, this person will be able to go into my records, and contact members of my birth family (not sure exactly who), and find out if they would want me to contact them. I understand that there's no guarantee that they would want to know/meet me, but I feel as though it's a chance I have to take. I've suffered with a lot of depression in my life, and hopefully this is something that will give me some sort of closure, no matter what the outcome will be.
Right now I am in nursing school and have an 21 mth old son myself. One day it came to me that I was the same age as he is when I was adopted. Somehow, that thought just made me want to try to find my birth family more than ever. Since I am in school, I'm now working a part time job and taking care of my son and $250 is a lot for me to spare. I know that I will be able to afford this once I graduate in December 2014, but something in me just longs for it now. Thank you for taking the time to read my story and thanks in advance for your donation!
-mzpurpledream aka Keisha O.