Reunited after 40 years: Man Reunited 40 Years Siblings
Published: July 7, 2015
Reunited after 40 years: Man Reunited 40 Years Siblings, Forty years after Robert Allen was adopted and separated from his five siblings, the Springdale, Ohio, man reunited with them on Saturday — and discovered that he’d actually met a few of them before.
“We have been passing each other our whole lives,” Allen tells Yahoo Parenting about discovering that his family on the side of his biological mother (now deceased) has a couple of connections to him and his adoptive family in their mutual hometown. The 40-year-old reggae club owner used to own a general store in town that it turns out his siblings visited, with his late mom. “I’ve seen my mother and she’d seen me, but we didn’t know each other,” he marvels. “But we did see each other. Learning that was a real emotional moment for me.”
Another amazing coincidence is learning that his biological mother and adoptive mother, who is a nurse, both worked at the University Hospital Cincinnati at the same time, yet had no idea of each other’s significance in their lives. “I know it’s divine intervention,” Allen says of finally making these family connections. “My mom is up there pulling the strings. Definitely.”
Take the speed with which Allen found his family. Until March, the records of his 1975 adoption — at five months old — were sealed. As soon as they were opened, his mother urged him to find out what his birth parents’ names are so that he could piece together the missing information that he’d always wondered about. “So two weeks ago, I went to Columbus and filed to get my information,” he says. “They told me it would be about four weeks before I’d get news, but it came back in just six days.”
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