A man meets his biological mother for the first time after 58 years apart
February 26, 2023
Many people are aware that they have been adopted, but their love for the people who raised them is the same as a biological child would be. It may happen, however, that an adoptee has a need to discover his/her biological roots, even if only to learn more about themselves.
That's why, after losing his adoptive parents, Timothy Welch, a 58-year-old Englishman decided to look for his birth mother: the woman had placed him in an institution in the 1960s, when Timothy was only six weeks old.
At the time, June Mary Phelps - this is Timothy's mother's name - was only 18 years old. Little Timothy was adopted by a a wonderful couple from London. Once his studies were completed, Timothy embarked on a teaching career: "I can actually say that I had a full and happy life with my adoptive parents. Unfortunately they both passed away, so I felt the need to find my biological mother", he explained.
The loss of his adoptive parents shook Timothy to the core - so much so that he had to see a therapist. The therapist explained that it is common for adopted children to want to find their biological roots after suffering a loss like Timothy's. "As an adopted child, I wondered about my origins. Over the years, I have questioned my identity, I have questioned who I am and I noticed that I have some very different traits from my adoptive family,” Timothy said.
So, Timothy began his research, discovering some very old family photos that revealed the place from where he was adopted. With this information, he turned to doing web research, focusing on social networks. From the web, he discovered a Facebook group dedicated to children born in the same facility to which he had been entrusted: in order to join the group, Timothy had to outline his history. Once Timothy was approved to join the group, he was able to locate a copy of his birth certificate, which contained his mother's full name, date and place of birth.
With this data, Timothy was able to trace his biological family, discovering that he had a number of half-siblings. Nine months after starting his research, Timothy was able to hug his biological mother: "It was the first time I saw myself in my mother's eyes. It was a very emotional meeting. We talked about many things, but what I loved the most was looking at her and realising who she was," Timothy stated.
This woderful story proves the old adage that blood is thicker than water - do you agree?