Part 2: Adopted Daughter Tries to Adopt Her Half-Brother! 

If you tuned in on Wednesday, you discovered that courageous Abby Geotz, 33, who was abused as a child, went on to live a beautiful and productive life, happily married to Mike and a mom to three kids.

A couple years back, Abby searched and found her biological family, including a sister whom she remains close to today. Abby finally met her biological mother — who put her up for adoption when Abby was just four months old — last September 2010.

“When I found my biological mother, I also found out that I also had a 4-year-old half-brother still in her custody,” says Abby.

Though Abby does not want to malign her “bio-mom” Abby admits her half-brother was not in a healthy environment. “My husband and I drove to Grand Forks, ND the very next day (after their contact) and spent two days with my mother and my half-brother.”

Just 10 days after that historical visit, Abby received an email from her biological grandmother stating that once again, her biological mother had placed young Cody (Abby’s half-brother) into foster care, and then the mother had literally jumped a train to Montana.

Poor little boy. Enter, Abby and her family!

“I immediately contacted Grand Forks County Social Services and started the process of becoming his foster family. He was officially placed with us on February 19, 2011 (his 5th birthday) and parental rights were terminated  April 5, 2011.”

Abby and Mike are soon to be his adoptive parents! “I still have contact with my bio-mom and she fully supports this situation and even gave her blessing.” Bio-mom now lives in South Carolina.

Abby explains, “My biological mother has six kids — I am her oldest child and Cody (soon to be my adopted son) is her youngest child and she had four children in between – six total. Cody is also practically the same age as our youngest daughter, Hailey.  They both recently turned five.

“Cody does understand that his bio-mom and my bio-mom are the same person. However, Cody has called me ‘Mom’ since his placement, so I’m not sure he fully comprehends the whole story… but I’m not sure that I fully comprehend the whole story,” says Abby Geotz, mother, adoptee and hero to kids!

Thanks Abby, for sharing this incredible feel-good story.

Photo Credit: Abby,  Mike and their three biological kids plus 5-year-old Cody, top right.

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  1. by Julia

    On August 6, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Awww. I love this story… it made me smile tonight. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. by Rea May

    On August 8, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Kudos to you and your husband for doing the right step. I know you will make the best adoptive parents to your half-brother and he will surly be thankful to you for such action.

  3. by Lynn

    On August 9, 2011 at 1:22 am

    How wonderful! God bless you and your family Abby. My younger siblings and I are adopted, I love that you have prospered and that now you are going to give your little brother a life where he will be loved and taken care of.

  4. by Elizabeth

    On August 17, 2011 at 7:57 am

    That’s a great story – but one question: What happened to the other four kids?

  5. by Angel

    On August 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Like you, Elizabeth, I’m curious where the other children are? How did they fend?

    Blows my mind this woman went on to have 5 other children after what happened to poor Abby. Am I the only one is thinks the grandmother has nerve? Why didn’t she adopt Abby? Why didn’t she get her grandson out of foster care? Why, again, does Abby have to be the rational one (not just here but in her not wanting to bad-mouth family).

    It’s a shame it took Abby to come back in and do what was right by Cody.

    And they ain’t my family so I can say, hon, I don’t know how you stomach some of them, but bless you for being the woman you are.

  6. by nicole Dorsey

    On August 22, 2011 at 10:16 am

    We got such great support for Abby on this post — we are trying to find what happened to her bio brothers and sisters likely also given up in foster care. Thanks for all these responses and Abby and I will get back to you if we find out what happened to those poor kids!

  7. by Courtney

    On August 23, 2011 at 3:49 am

    My husband and I are in the process of adopting twin boys we’ve had since birth. Reading the story of this woman who not only survived horrible abuse, but thrived and in turn is saving her half brother from a life time of foster care warms my heart and makes the tears flow.

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    grat story. God Bless Abby and all of her unplanned siblings! Once again this is a great argument why the ‘family courts’ should be allowed to order sterilization [for bio-MOM of course]

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