A woman adopted at birth reunited with her biological mum just 12 months before she died – after coming across a ‘missing person’s’ poster with her name on it.
Aiesha Myricks, 36, was placed into foster care as a baby and soon adopted by a foster family who gave her a loving home. But when she fell pregnant in December 2009, she was curious about her background and identity so decided to Google herself.
She says the search results revealed a ‘missing person’s poster’ from 1997 – released as part of an agency to help birth families search for missing or adopted relatives. Aiesha’s adoption was legitimate, but the poster was released by her biological family – who wanted to reconnect and track her down.
Aiesha reached out to the contact on the poster and got a response from a man she believed to be her brother, who does not want to be named.
She then got a call from her biological mum, Linda Dixon, 57, who told Aiesha she had always been looking for her.
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Aiesha was able to meet her birth mum for the first time two days later in 2010 at Grand Central Station, New York, US – before Linda sadly died from a drug overdose in November 2011.
Aiesha said meeting her biological family was an “emotional” moment that changed her life. Aiesha, a writer, from Brooklyn, New York, said: “It was an emotional meeting. Based on how she was described to me, I did not see that.
“I was told she was a drug addict and she lived a fast life but when I saw her she was wearing all white and looked well put together.
“Meeting my mum changed my life, I got clarification and I could move on. I felt some closure as prior to that I was stuck on my identity. Also, transitioning into adulthood was difficult, after I got the clarity in the situation I was able to focus on myself.”
After becoming curious about her ethnicity, Aiesha Googled the name she found on her social security card to find out more and came across a poster – searching for her. Aiesha – who is married and lives with her partner, Stalley, 40, a rapper – said: “I always knew I was adopted and my mother never hid who my biological mother was.
“I knew who she was, but we were estranged as a baby, and I didn’t have any desire to meet her as I heard about how she lived her life. When I fell pregnant, I became curious about my identity, especially my health history and found this classified poster. It was made by my biological brother, he wanted to reconnect with me.
“It was on a forum for missing and adopted children. It was a forum for people to reconnect with their families who were previously adopted.”
After finding a poster of herself on a forum for missing and adopted children, Aiesha emailed the contact details and said: “Call me, this is me you’re looking for.”
She immediately got a reply from her brother, who said he was “so happy” to hear from her – before putting her in touch with her biological mum.
Aiesha said: “I got a phone call and a woman started crying, she said she loves me so much and she had been searching for me my whole life. It was emotional and I told her we would speak more when I finished work.”
Aiesha and her mum decided to meet up two days later in Grand Central Station.
She said: “I was seven months pregnant at the time, it was very emotional. I had always known I was adopted, everything was legit and nothing was done wrong. My mum told me that she had prayed every day that she would connect with me.”
Aiesha is still in contact with her brother and has also met a sister, Thea Munford, 27, manager at a domestic violence centre, who was also put up for adoption as a baby.
She said: “A year after we met, my mum died from a drug overdose. A lot of people have a stereotypical view of what an addict looked like and my mum did not look like that. I speak to my brother on Facebook often and I found out I have a sister. She was also placed into foster care and we speak often and see each other. I am happy that I finally got the closure I needed in life.”
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