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

Sean: An Adoptee Faces the Rollercoaster of Reunion

January 02, 2024 Louise Browne & Sarah Reinhardt Season 6 Episode 2
Adoption: The Making of Me. An Oral History of Adoptee Stories
Sean: An Adoptee Faces the Rollercoaster of Reunion
Show Notes

Born in 1970, Sean Broderick was adopted at birth and always knew he was adopted as long as he can remember.  The fact that he was adopted never seemed to bother him or cause any type of turmoil in his life.  Sean seemingly had a happy and healthy childhood although alcoholism existed within one of his adoptive parents, his parents ultimately divorced and he had a lack of discipline and guidance due to being alone often.

Growing up, Sean’s adopted mother would remind him from time to time that there will come a day that he will want to meet his biological mother.  This didn’t make sense to Sean on the surface and he never really gave the notion of meeting his bio mom any serious thought. It was when Sean, at the age of thirty-three, and his wife started trying to conceive their first child that he realized that he should try to find out some health history for himself. 

Sean started his search for his biological mother shortly before his thirty-fourth birthday and was reunited with her about six months later. Since that time, it’s been a roller coaster of emotions that continue to this day and the beginning of meeting many more biological family members over the next eighteen years including siblings, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and even cousins.

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