Gainesville Sun

December 8, 2010 by staff 

Gainesville Sun, Sunday Gainesville Sun, Kimberly C. Moore has a lengthy investigation, very detailed and personally affected in the history of a house in Gainesville operated in the years 1950 and 1960 by the rescue workers in the South, where “Colonel” Robert Ryan housed unmarried teenage mothers in conditions horrible and then sold their babies to families desperate to adopt. Ryan character was clearly a disgusting exploitation of young women who were hiding from the strong social stigma at the time of being pregnant without being married (or be sent by their parents to be hidden) and, apparently, draws large numbers money in the process. History becomes personal touch, although in the details that emerge Weeks Barbara Rainey Johnson, who gave birth to a daughter Nov. 24, 1958, while staying with Ryan and has been searching for many years for the girl.

The inverse of history Barbara Weeks’ search for her daughter is in the video that accompanies the article by Moore on the website of the Sun and is incorporated here, where we meet a woman who was sold by Ryan and now seeks her birth mother.

However, the caller hung up abruptly after being told Weeks had two children. Weeks hope missing daughter contact is the oldest of three children she has had:

Today, 70 years, Barbara Johnson Weeks Rainey lives in Alabama and in expectation of finding the daughter she gave life and then gave what she thought was a legitimate adoption agency in Gainesville.

Barbara Johnson Weeks Rainey said she is getting old and just wants to meet her daughter before his memory fades. She said she tried her hardest to find her daughter, now 52, but simply can not afford to hire someone to research. She hopes that the daughter she abandoned when she was a teenager in 1958 could read this and reach out to her. She has a message for her. “I just want her to know that I loved her early in her life,” said Barbara.

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