Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New clue discovered in the search for the parents of the June 1972 phone booth baby

In  my research, I recently discovered another clue in the search for Bill's birth parents. 

It's an article that we hadn't found before, dated June 13, 1972 entitled "Await Word on Abandoned Baby."

In this one, written just 7 days before his adoption was finalized, it states that Kansas law required a waiting period of one year before he could be adopted - UNLESS the birth mother came forward and signed the papers.

So that means his birth mother came forward, right? Well, maybe not. See, there's this one twist: there is no birth mother in the papers. There was a letter releasing him for adoption that was signed by a police officer who, as far as is stated, signed in lieu of the mother, who couldn't be found.

I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts on this one. 

Click to enlarge the photos to read the Kansas City Star's story. 

Our original story is printed below, in case you missed it. 

Since we wrote that, we were interviewed by reporter Trey Williams and featured on the front page of the Kansas City Star as well as on websites all over the world. 

We have also taken a DNA test and have found some second cousins. If you're on AncestryDNA, you'll find us under the username AtkinsonFamilySTL. Bill and I are the two who have tested, so he'll be the male one. If you need to see our trees or have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.

We are also listed on several adoption registries as well as on GedMatch and FTDNA.  

The Original Story

This is my husband at about 2 years old.

My husband was born on or about June 6, 1972.

Within 12 hours of his birth, he was found by a passerby in a telephone booth at 7-Eleven at 4039 Metropolitan Ave. in Kansas City, KS around 9 a.m. on June 7, 1972.

According to an article we found about his situation, he was supposed to be taken to a foster home until authorities could either locate his mother or birth family or until he could be adopted.

He was adopted by his adoptive parents by June 20, 1972.

His adoptive father passed away when my husband was 12, and his adoptive mother continued to raise him. He has always been loved, cared for and generally treated very well by his family and in fact has no desire to replace them--we just want to learn about his birth family.

We did obtain his original birth certificate from the state of Kansas, and his name was listed as "Stephen Michael Doe." We assume the name was given to him by someone who found him, the nurses at the hospital or maybe the foster family.

His mother tells us she and her husband went to a home in Kansas City where a friend of theirs who was also a judge showed up with the baby. Sometime later, the three went to the courthouse and met with a social worker, who produced a semi-detailed report about the visit (we have a copy, and I will upload it as soon as I can).

The Atkinsons, my husband's adoptive parents, left the courthouse that day with him and the adoption approved. It was finalized sometime later.
The Search

Since the first time my husband told me about his story, I've been very curious about his birth family. But once I gave birth to his children, my curiosity changed into an intense need to learn about his biological family.

My husband has never tried to search on his own, but when I told him about my search and showed him what I'd found so far, he was excited and has been supportive of my efforts.

We hope to find someone who is biologically related to him (or who might have any information about him and his biological family) to offer insight into his genealogy and, if all parties are comfortable, maybe to form a friendship or to at least open the lines of communication.
Do You Have Information Concerning a Baby Born and Abandoned in June 1972?

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