Birth Parent(s) Relinquished Child

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Campbell, Ben Nighthorse

Campbell is part Portuguese, Northern Cheyenne (and has been inducted into their council of chiefs) and possibly also Apache and Pueblo, a rancher and horse trainer, jewellery designer, jud... [more]

Faka'osilea, Lorris

Faka'osilea was born Lorris Bristow and given by her parents to her mother's childless sister and her husband to raise. She was brought up at Ngaruawahia, center of the Maori King Movement,... [more]

Fox, Ruth May

Fox was born to a married couple who converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) five months after her birth. Her mother died in 1855 and her father was then sent... [more]

Garrison, William Lloyd

Garrison was born, his parents' fourth child, in Newburyport, Massachusetts. His father deserted the family before he was three (he never saw him again) and after a few years, when his moth... [more]

Mbeki, Thabo Mvuyelwa

Mbeki was the son of Xhosa ANC activists and teachers: his father, Govan Mbeki spent 24 years imprisoned with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island. Knowing that they were likely to be arrested, ... [more]

Mikita, Stan

Mikita was born Stanislav Gvoth in Sokolce, Czechoslovakia (now in the Slovak Republic), but he was taken to Ontario, Canada to live by his childless aunt and uncle, who adopted him and a n... [more]


Seal was born to a Nigerian mother and Brazilian father in Kilburn, London. Both his parents were students with part-time jobs, and he was privately fostered with a white family with four b... [more]

Soll, Joe

Soll is an adoptee, psychotherapist specializing in abuse- and adoption-related issues, director of the Council for Equal Rights in Adoption and of Adoption Crossroads (an organization for ... [more]


The institution of Verdingkinder (meaning "earning children") in Switzerland dates to the early 19th century, although it has roots going back to before the Reformation, and it wa... [more]

Child Abandoned or Rejected by Birth Parent(s)

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Unmarried Mother, Single Parent Unable to Cope

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