Adoptive US siblings travel to Ireland to trace their biological families
TV3's successful documentary series Adoption Stories is back with another harrowing episode.
In Wednesday night’s episode of Adoption Stories on TV3, we meet Patrick and Roxanne Farrington, an adoptive brother and sister who were both born in Ireland and sent to the US for adoption by a British father and Irish mother when they were just toddlers.
Growing up the siblings always felt loved and wanted and had, for the most part, a happy and content childhood. They had always been aware that they were adopted as their parents refused to keep the truth from them.
Roxanne found her natural family in Carlow ten years ago and discovered she was the youngest of seven siblings. To her delight, some of her brothers and sisters remembered her. From her experience of searching, she helps her adoptive brother Patrick as he travels to Ireland in search of his natural family.
Patrick Sean Farrington was born Patrick Keating in the Rotunda Hospital Dublin on St. Patrick's Day in 1960. After his birth he was placed in a childrens' hospital run by a Dublin adoption agency. When he was just two years of age his adoptive parents travelled from the States to Ireland to bring him to his new home in the US.
Patrick had a great relationship with his adoptive parents and although he always wondered about the circumstances of his birth, work, life, marriage and the birth of his two sons meant that any attempt to try to start searching was constantly put on the back burner.
Unlike most other adopted Irish children, Patrick's travel and adoption to the US meant he had access to his original birth certificate which had the name of his natural mother on it; this basic information is kept from adopted people in Ireland as a result of strict guidelines on privacy and data protection under the current adoption legislation.
We follow Patrick as he returns home to Ireland in search of his natural family with his adoptive sister Roxanne by his side, helping and guiding him every step of the way. While on his travels, Patrick is shocked to discover that he may be an illegitimate child as documentation shows he was put up for adoption by his mother and father who were both married at the time.
While it comes as something of a shock to Patrick, as he had always assumed his mother was unmarried and unable to keep him, the discovery and more documents lead him to siblings he never knew he had.
Adoption Stories airs on Wednesday, October 28 at 8.30pm on TV3.