Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and dads-to-be! I came across this wonderful reunion story, about a birthfather in Taiwan and his reunion with the daughter he placed for adoption nearly 40 years ago. His daughter, Amy, talks about growing up in the United States, and what led her to search for her birth family.
“I grew up like a regular American kid,” she said. “I never really thought about it. I guess I didn’t think it was possible to find him. Sometimes I’d think I’d want a sister, just because I had two brothers.”
Not even a visit back to Hualien with her family in 1984, when she was in seventh grade, prompted a desire to search or a lasting interest in her birth country. It was a decade later, 1994, after she gave birth to a son, that she grew interested, but her birthfather wouldn’t be found until 2009…”
The adoptive family only had an old address to use in their search for Amy’s birth family. But that home had been destroyed in a typhoon. After enlisting the help of friends, a social worker and police officers, they tracked down her birth father, who was happy to be found.
“I feared that she might really hate me, and I couldn’t embrace the hope that she might forgive me,” [Amy’s birthfather Zhen-yi] Wu wrote, his words translated for the magazine by Paul. “I only thought that if Amy could be OK, then my heart could be at ease.” – Read the full Associated Press article in the Sioux City Journal online.