Judge Opens Adoption Records, Reunites Family

Adoption records are notorious for being closed. But for this family, the adoption record was unsealed and allowed four sisters to reunite with their brother. Rex Johnson was placed for adoption after his birth mother became pregnant at 18. Though Rex was never intensely interested in finding his birth family, his sisters sure were.

Three months before she passed away, Marilyan Jackson shared with her children that she placed a baby for adoption in the 50s. This sparked the girls’ interest. They began searching everywhere. They petitioned for the unsealing of adoption records twice before the judge finally opened Marilyan Jackson’s records.

The family was able to reunite just three days after messaging Rex on Facebook. “Our plans are now just to love him and spend as much time with him as we can,” Rex’s biological sister Deniece said Sunday.

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Crystal started in the adoption community as an intern for Adoption.com. From there she became the content manager, and has recently moved to become a content specialist. Crystal has been touched by the hundreds of articles she's read and edited from all members of the adoption triad. In her free time she loves to spend too much time on Instagram, hike around Oregon, and hang out with her husband. Show her pictures of your puppies or share some salt and vinegar chips with her, and you've got a friend for life.

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