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How should I deal with this? I just discovered my birth mother tried to find me over 10 years ago

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oopslateagain Wed 15-May-13 17:58:31

I was googling my own name (as you do wink), then DH's, etc etc, and for some reason I googled my birth mother. There's a post on an adoption board from the 1990's, it is definitely about me, the same birth date and everything. It just says "(mumsname) seeks (myname), (myDOB), born (the hospital I was born at)." And it's posted by a man with a different name, with an email address at the bottom that I think was hers.

I was adopted at birth, she was 14 years old, and I never had any contact. I got my original birth certificate about 20 years ago with her name on it, but that's the limit of my knowledge.

Weird. I'm not sure how to feel about it, TBH.

Lamazeroo Wed 15-May-13 17:59:50

Goodness, what a jolt it must have given you! Do you have anyone to talk it through with?

FruOla Wed 15-May-13 18:04:13

Would you like to contact her?

Sorry - I'm not quite sure what to say to you. I was adopted as a baby. I'd love to find my birth mother.

FruOla Wed 15-May-13 18:07:07

Apologies. That wasn't the right response. blush

I can imagine it was a huge shock to you. Do you want to pursue it? If you do, I would recommend that you try to go through a professional intermediary. Have you heard of NORCAP?

oopslateagain Wed 15-May-13 18:08:23

I don't honestly know. It's never been something that I've felt the need to do - I did consider it around when DD was born as she has a congenital condition that could have been genetic, but we decided not to have more children so I didn't take it any further.

It was a real thump-in-the-stomach moment. I have no idea what made me put her name in, I've obviously never done it before.

I actually feel a bit sad that the 'seeking' post has been there for almost 15 years and I could have spotted it any time with a quick google.

oopslateagain Wed 15-May-13 18:10:22

FruOla no apologies necessary, everyone's different! wink

I don't know what I want to do. I'll look at NORCAP, I hadn't heard of it, thank you.

FruOla Wed 15-May-13 18:13:41

oops. I've just Googled NORCAP and discovered that they've had to close down (they were a charity). Sorry.

FruOla Wed 15-May-13 18:15:52

Ah, I believe that After Adoption might be a good place to start - for support and further help.

FruOla Wed 15-May-13 18:44:31

Give yourself time to process what you've found.

And give yourself time to decide what you'd like to do.

As Lamazeroo said, talk it through with people - your nearest & dearest - and a counsellor if needs be.

As you say, everyone's different, so what you decide to do must be your own decision, rather than someone else's 'opinion'.

I wish you the very best of luck, whatever happens. flowers

oopslateagain Wed 15-May-13 18:45:38

I'll look at them. No idea if I want to take it any further - her message was a long time ago, she would be almost 60 now.

It's strange - two hours ago she wouldn't have crossed my mind but now I feel guilty.

FruOla Wed 15-May-13 18:55:10

Don't feel guilty. Really - don't.

And, take your time to decide what to do - if anything.

(Sorry, coincidentally, I'd actually spent the best part of today thinking about my potential siblings - so I guess you just caught me, or rather, I caught your thread at a time when I'm feeling a bit vulnerable about it all!)

FruOla Wed 15-May-13 18:59:40

Oh - and there is an Adoptions topic on MN

Although I think most of it relates to parents who are in the process of adopting, or have adopted children - rather than us adult adoptees.

oopslateagain Wed 15-May-13 19:00:51

Coincidence is a funny thing.

I definitely have some thinking to do. Have you ever tried to find out anything? I'm just wondering how hard it would be if I did take it further.

TheLakelandCatalogueIsMyPorn Wed 15-May-13 19:10:21

Hi oops

I totally get the “thump in the stomach” feeling - I found my birth mother a few years ago after stumbling across her on Genes Reunited! I messaged her and we swapped a few emails and then finally met up about 3 months later.

My advice from personal experience is to sleep on it for a few days and see how you feel, perhaps after the weekend.

Just remember, you are under no obligation whatsoever to make any contact – it is entirely up to you.

I wish you all the best – it’s a very strange feeling isn’t it?!!

By the way - we are still in contact, and on the periphery of each other's lives but both content to have found the "missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle" and to know that everything turned out ok!

TidyDancer Wed 15-May-13 19:14:07

Wow, that must've been a massive shock.

I don't know that there's a wrong or right way to deal with something like this.

Do you have someone you can talk this through with?

FruOla Wed 15-May-13 19:20:45

I PMd you oopslateagain.

girliefriend Wed 15-May-13 19:22:06

Would you be able to talk it through with your adopted parents? Have you been curious about your birth mum before?

At least you know that your birth mum has been thinking about you and would be interested in making contact.

I think in this scenario you should perhaps make contact as can't think of a reason not to. However I am not adopted so obviously its very hyperthetical for me!

oopslateagain Wed 15-May-13 20:27:33

Lakeland I'm glad your contact worked out ok for you both.

My adopted parents don't really know much more than my birth mum's age and name. I've chatted with DH - he was just as shock as I was.

I have put a reply on the original board, just asking if the OP is still seeking. I suspect the email given there won't still be valid anyway as it was so long ago.

It's all made me think a lot more about it all again. Part of me would like to fill in the gaps, part of me doesn't want to rock the boat. confused

oopslateagain Wed 15-May-13 20:46:29

I didn't realise there was an adoptions topic - I am going to ask MN to move this. Thanks everyone for your comments.

FrozenDough Wed 15-May-13 20:58:39

My mum still has her first email address from years ago, so it cud still b in use op. Good luck with whatever u decide smile

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 15-May-13 22:41:28

We've moved this to Adoptions now at the OP's request.

Best of luck oopslateagain in deciding what to do.

Italiangreyhound Wed 15-May-13 22:44:17

oopslateagain no advice for you, just sending you my best wishes.

Ilikethebreeze Wed 15-May-13 22:47:57

I agree with the suggestions of other posters.
A little thing I would say, though I hesitiate.
That occasionally, we have less time than we might think with these issues.
Your mum, though not old at 60, is also not so young as she was either.
Hope you dont mind me saying that.

Good luck with everything.

KristinaM Thu 16-May-13 09:48:51

I met my birth mother when I was in my 30s.i found her.she wasn't keen to meet me and finally agreed. We had two short meetings and she didn't want to keep in touch.

It wasn't easy but I'm glad I did it. I have a lot of information which I didn't before.for me, knowing is easier than not knowing . I think it must be hard for you, as your big mother was so young,you must have speculated as to the circumstances surrounding your adoption.

You mention " rocking the boat" but it seems that your BM does want to contact you. Remember you don't have to do anything you don't want to. You might just want to send a letter of email through an intermediary to let her now you are alive, well and don't have to meet up etc .there are no rules . You can just take it one step at a time

KristinaM Thu 16-May-13 09:49:50

Sorry I mean bio mother , not big mother

Blardy autocorrect

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