Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Think Tank Tuesday 4/19: Reunited After 40 Years

Imagine being put up for adoption at birth and deciding to search for your biological parents 40 years later. That's exactly what happened to one man

[Robert Allen Jr., the youngest of six siblings, was put up for adoption by his birth mother because she couldn’t afford to care for him.

Being apart from his birth family since 1975, Allen says he always felt as if a piece of his life was missing. So on his fortieth birthday, Allen obtained his birth certificate and began looking for his family on social media.

“I put it on Facebook that I was looking for my mother and father,” Allen told My Fox Atlanta. “That was about 1:00 p.m. By 9:00 p.m. that night I was talking to my sister.”

Sister Stacy says she was initially skeptical of Allen’s story.

“Very skeptical because a lot of people, you know, you know a lot of people play a lot of games and things so you’re not sure if he was actually so once he answered a lot of different questions I knew at that point he was for sure,” Stacy said.

After she confirmed that Allen was her brother, she was ecstatic. “As soon as we found out I was talking to my sister, I just broke down in tears,” Allen told WCPO. “It was the best feeling I ever had in my life… and I had a lot of ups, high points in my life, but this was absolutely the best feeling I ever had in my life – to finally meet my siblings.”
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If you were in the same situation do you think you would want to seek out your biological parents and meet any siblings you may have or would you leave that part of your life alone? Do you think it would be offensive if adopted children asked to find their biological parents?

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