Part 1: Abused, Adopted Daughter Tells Her Story
Abby Goetz, 33, was born in Seattle in the summer of 1978. During the pregnancy, Abby’s mother ran away with her new husband (and Abby’snew stepfather) and the little family went to live in Oak Harbor, Wash.
One night, when Abby was just three months old, Abby was left with her new stepfather, alone, for the first time. While her biological mother partied until dawn, Abby’s stepfather beat defenseless Abby until she was near death. With a brain hemorrhage, the tiny tot was airlifted to a major Washington hospital where she remained for another month of intensive care and multiple corrective surgeries.
At four months old, Abby went to live with a foster family in Oak Harbor. And quickly thereafter Abby’s “bio-mom” relinquished her rights and Abby was placed for adoption.
“My foster parents adopted me when I was 18 months old. After the adoption was finalized, we moved to Central Minnesota where I grew up. They were good people! I eventually made a full recovery from my injuries resulting from the abuse and went on to be an honor student and graduate college with a 4.0 GPA,” recounts Abby today.
“When I reached adulthood, I started the process of searching for my biological parents,” Abby explains. It took many years and the help of social services as well as Abby’s “search angel” but today Abby has tracked nearly all of her biological family, and even attended a family reunion last year.
Today, Abby is happily married to Mike and works with a non-profit agency to help at-risk youth. “I was a non-traditional student and went back to school when I was 24 when I already had my oldest two children,” she says.
Abby and Mike, who have three biological children, are now in the process of adopting… her own biological half-brother who was abandoned by her mother. Again. Check in on Friday where we research Part 2: Abby adopts her own brother!
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