Siblings Adopted Separately Finally Find Each Other

A cheerful bus driver from Otswego, Ill. found his long-lost sister this year in a local feel-good story originally reported in the Chicago Sun Times.

Illinois passed a law in November 2011 that allowed those adopted after January 1, 1946, to apply for their birth certificates without consent from birth parents. (The previous year, a law was passed applying to those born before that deadline.)

Since the new law took effect, more than 6,600 Illinois-born adult adoptees have requested a copy of their original birth certificate, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Less than 1 percent of birth parents have requested anonymity, which is great news and illustrates the new openess around domestic adoption.

The driver Rick Stadel said his beloved adoptive parents told him he had a sister named Jacqueline. For 20 years, Rick and two half-brothers have been steadily trying to locate her.

The family did a search a few months ago on Ancestory.com, who located the missing Jacqueline. Her name, which had been changed to Lois when she was adopted a s a baby, popped up because she too had registered immediately when the new law went into effect last November.

The back-story is five siblings were born in Mother Cabrini Hospital in Chicago. Catherine, who died at age 61, kept and raised Carmen and Angelo and was married to each of their dads. Lois, Rick and Kathy were eventually placed for adoption.

Rick Stadel and Kathy Brooks — his new sister from Washington State –  both see the resemblance.

Isn’t this a great story?

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  1. by CH

    On August 7, 2012 at 7:29 am

    ALL states need to do this. Adopted children deserve to know their medical history and where they came from as much as anyone else.

  2. by wayintheme

    On April 14, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Ditto that. “Lehigh Lawyer” has a great idea at minimal cost, and one where the existing railroad right-of-way could be used. I have also never quite understood the logic of gates at the Central and Caldwell crossings remaining down after an outbound train has cleared those crossings, (even when Devon is partially blocked by a stopped train). For some reason, all gates at the three crossings in downtown Edgebrook operate in unison. One vision for the business district could be a new, attractive station built a bit further north along with revised platforms and an extension to the added lane on Lehigh for traffic to flow better (Lehigh’s lights are rather short). For history buffs: A 1940s proposal once had the Edgebrook station located up closer to Touhy Avenue, and the original 1890s train station in Edgebrook was burned down in 1930 by residents who were battling with the railroad to move it up to its current location. the railroad responded by putting up a rather temporary wooden shack, and later, littering its rights-of-way with large billboards. Maybe it’s time for something better.