Adoption: The Making of Me. An Oral History of Adoptee Stories

Andy: When Reunion Doesn't Provide Closure

October 10, 2023 Louise Browne & Sarah Reinhardt Season 5 Episode 3
Adoption: The Making of Me. An Oral History of Adoptee Stories
Andy: When Reunion Doesn't Provide Closure
Show Notes

Andy was born Anthony in April 1970 in Paisley just outside Glasgow, Scotland in 1970. Although in a material sense, his childhood was relatively affluent emotionally, he struggled with adoption and having nobody to talk to about it. His persistent loneliness was brought on by his adoption and the distance from his adoptive parents.

Attending a strict Catholic private school made the problems worse as there were no "safe" adults to talk to and it helped to contribute to the emptiness he felt.

Thankfully attending University and moving out really helped as he had a great set of friendships and began to enjoy life far more, however, there was always something missing and he found it really hard to get started on a career as he knew so little about himself.

He met his natural family at the age of 27 after discovering he had three brothers and a sister as his parents had gotten married 3 years after he was born. However, it wasn't quite the solution to the issues he had hoped for.

To go directly to Andy's interview, you can go to the timestamp: 11:54

Also in this episode, Sarah and Louise discuss  The Baby Thief by Barbara Bisantz Raymond.

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