It turns out an Ohio woman, who had been searching for years for her biological mother, didn’t have to look very far.
WYTV News reports 38-year-old La-Sonya Mitchell-Clark, of Youngstown, found her mom recently. The two women had been living in the same town, and even working for the same company, without ever knowing it.
“Ever since I found out that I was adopted, I wanted to know who my biological mother was,” Mitchell-Clark told WYTV in a recorded interview (shown below).
She found out for certain on Monday when she got a look at her newly-released birth record from the state of Ohio.
Mitchell-Clark admitted to a little anxiety when she saw the requested envelope in her mailbox.
“I picked it up and seen the Department of Health from Columbus,” she said. “So, I knew right then and there this was it.”
The enclosed record indicated her biological mother was a woman named Francine Simmons. A brief search on Facebook turned up a local woman by the same name.
Mitchell-Clark said it didn’t take long for her to recall that that very woman also worked for her employer, a company called InfoCision in nearby Boardman.
“There’s a Francine that works at my job,” she told WYTV she remembers thinking. “She works in VR and she works at the front desk.”
She said she sent Simmons a message through social media, then waited. A few days later she got a phone call.
“She called me and I said, ‘Is this Ms. Francine?’” Mitchell-Clark recalled. “She said, ‘yes.’ I said, ‘I think I’m your daughter.’”
Simmons told WYTV she became pregnant at age 14 and gave birth at 15.
“I was put in a home, a girl’s home. Had her. Got to hold her. Didn’t get to name her, but I named her myself in my heart all these years,” Simmons said.
Samantha Wells, an InfoCision spokeswoman, told ABC News the women certainly knew each other before learning of their biological connection. She called their reunion “wonderful.”
“They would come in contact around the building and during events such as our corporate summer cookouts, parties, and using the facilities or in the hallway,” Wells confirmed.
But Mitchell-Clark’s family didn’t just grow by one when she found her birth mom. She learned that she also has three other sisters she never knew about. One of them also works at InfoCision.
Mitchell-Clark said her adoptive parents have always been supportive of her trying to find her biological mother.
“They’re going to be a part of this, too,” she said.
Simmons and her newly-found daughter live just six minutes from each other.
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