Archive for January 4th, 2012

The Mother of all Reunions!

January 4, 2012

What a poignant, heartwarming story: A mother is reunited with the daughter she was forced to give up seventy-seven years earlier. Can you imagine their first face-tp-face meeting? “My baby!” cries the ninety-five-year old. “Mommy!” shouts the seventy-seven-year old. What a joyous, emotionally charged day that must have been! Here is the full story from an article by Amy Taxin for


Minka Disbrow, 100, stands in her apartment in San Clemente, California. Disbrow, who was raped at age 16, has lived to be 100 - long enough to meet the daughter she gave up at birth 77 years earlier and to learn about the six grandchildren she didn't know she had. (Photo by Jae C. Hong of AP)

For most of her 100 years, Minka Disbrow tried to find out what became of the precious baby girl she gave up for adoption after being raped as a teen.

She hoped, but never imagined, she’d see her Betty Jane again.

The cruel act of violence bore in Disbrow an enduring love for the child. She kept a black and white photograph of the baby bundled in blankets and tucked inside a basket.

It was the last she saw of the girl — until the phone rang in her California apartment in 2006 with the voice of an Alabama man and a story (more…)