we’ll al­ways be a fam­ily

Di­vorced cou­ple Mar­ion and James on look­ing for their son

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Di­vorced cou­ple, Mar­ion and James have al­ways been united in their pain for the son they were forced to give up as teenagers. Al­though the young par­ents ini­tially attempted to raise the baby on their own, their fam­i­lies re­fused to sup­port them.

‘My fa­ther was ou­traged,’ re­calls James. ‘He kept say­ing, “Shame on you!” My fam­ily were so against it, but Andy was such a beau­ti­ful baby, I would sit there for hours star­ing at him and hold­ing him.’

‘It was like a bad dream,’ adds Mar­ion. ‘I knew I had to give him away, but words can’t de­scribe how it felt. We were only chil­dren our­selves and we had no choice.

I re­mem­ber sit­ting on the bed try­ing to hug Andy as much as pos­si­ble be­fore they took him.’ Mar­ion and James later mar­ried and had two lit­tle girls be­fore they split, but they have al­ways longed to be re­united with their first-born.

‘Even though we’re di­vorced we’re al­ways go­ing to be a fam­ily, but there was one of us miss­ing,’ says Mar­ion. ‘We’ve missed so much of his life and we’re never go­ing to get that back.’

‘Giv­ing him up is the worst thing we ever did,’ says James. ‘He is our son and all we’ve ever wanted was to let him know he was a loved baby. It was fan­tas­tic news when Dav­ina told us they had found him. I am over the moon; I can fi­nally start liv­ing my life.’

Re­united: Mar­ion and James with their son, Andy

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