A young woman who was left as a newborn at an Allentown, Pa., fast food restaurant is now looking for her birth mother 27 years later.
Katheryn Deprill, left inside a Burger King bathroom when just a few hours old, and soon adopted, is now married with three children of her own.
“I feel like there’s a piece of me missing,” she said in a recent CNN interview. “I really want to see her and ask her why.”
Adoptive children seeking birth mothers (and biological fathers) is nothing new. Like Deprill, many want information they can’t find elsewhere, such as medical information, or know whether they have brothers or sisters, as well as just plain curious as to why they were put up for adoption in the first place.
The Donaldson Adoption Institute, a Manhattan think tank on issues relating to adoption, issued a news release on the story, saying that Deprill’s quest for her birth mother “clearly illustrates how important connecting with families of origin can be to adopted persons — even when their personal histories may be challenging..”
The use of technology, including the Internet, is also playing a big part. It’s possible that closed adoptions are a thing of the past, as adopted children use Facebook and other social media to find their birthparents, say officials at DAI, which has released reports on the concerns and advantages of Internet searches. Among the concerns is the complexity of emotions that finding family entails without proper guidance and support.
“Both research and experience tell us that the need to know who you are and where you come from is powerful, even when the circumstances of one's past are difficult,” DAI President Adam Pertman said in a news release. ”That's both a significant lesson and a vital context for this extraordinary story.”
Deprill’s words at the end of the CNN story are heartwarming to both biological and adoptive parents. With the full support of her adoptive mother, she said has no wish to replace her family, she said.
“I want to say thank you for not throwing me away,” Deprill said. “Literally.”