A Facebook page has given a grieving 80-year-old Yuba City, California woman he opportunity to correct a decision she regretfully made 63 years ago, giving up her firstborn child.
In 1948, Helen Torres was placed in a home for unwed mothers at the age of 17. When she gave birth to her daughter whom she named Christina (pictured in gray), she was forced to give up her newborn to a couple.
The now ecstatic mom told California’s News 10, “I gave her a kiss and got into the car with my mother and we took off,” Torres said.
Torres tried to put the adoption behind her but could never stop grieving for the loss of her daughter. Although Torres managed to get some info about her daughter and was able to watch from a distance during Christina’s early childhood, she lost track of her at about age 12.
The California mom eventually married and raised five children, yet the loss of Christina she says, left a huge void in her life.
She told News 10, “I always remembered March 8, it was Christina’s birthday. I kept it to myself. I would just go off by myself and say ‘happy birthday.'”
Although Christina’s siblings were determined to find their long lost sister, their efforts kept taking them no where. Last January, Torres’ youngest child Deneen, came up with the idea to create a Facebook page for her sister. She included as much information as possible about Christina which included various names she might have used and any pictures she could find of her.
Finally in April, Deneen received a tip from the Facebook page of her sister which was followed up by a phone conversation. The woman who spoke to Deneed was Chris Gray, who lived in Riverside.
Yet, Gray, although curious about the facts that Deneen was presenting to her, was never told by her now deceased parents, that she had in fact been adopted.
Torres and Christina reunited in June at the Sacramento airport. The woman who thought she was alone int he world with no parents or siblings, now had a mother, four surviving siblings and 11 nieces and nephews.
Christina is expected to relocate to Yuba City to be closer to her newfound family members. “I’ve always wanted a family. I grew up by myself with no brothers or sisters,” Gray said. “This was meant to be.”