Mike Knott

Shaking the family tree a brave step

I CAN'T imagine growing up and not knowing who my mum or dad was.

I realise it happens for a lot of different reasons, but taking the step to try to find that lost or missing parent is a huge one.

And one that Terry Ballard has bravely taken.

He's put himself out there on social media in an attempt to track down the dad he doesn't know.

I don't think it'd be easy sharing personal details for the whole world to see, but if it gets him answers then maybe the trade-off isn't so bad.

That's not to say that other people who stepped in when a biological parent wasn't there didn't do a good job.

Far from it.

There can be many obstacles when it comes to parenting someone's child.

The desire to find a biological parent can be because of wanting to know medical background or simply answering those what ifs.

I wish Terry all the luck in his search - and anyone else who may be searching for a loved one.

It's not an easy task, but this is really when the positive power of social media shines through.



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