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For 'banished' adoptees, search for Irish family is risky

For 'banished' adoptees, search for Irish family is risky

Annie Biggs had crossed an ocean to find her mother, and her journey had come to this: a locked door on a small street in Dublin. She had spent two decades scouring online genealogy records, searching for the woman who gave birth to her in one of Ireland's notorious mother-and-baby homes. Had she thought about Annie in the half-century since she was whisked away to be adopted by an American couple? Did she have any idea her daughter had been sent to Fresno? Would she welcome her? Would she even answer the door? Biggs knocked and knocked, but no one responded. For four days, she went back again and again, until neighbors asked her to leave. Devastated, Biggs returned to her hotel...

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