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I am an adoptee in search of any birth family. My name is Melaine Purvis. (That is not a typo. It's Melaine.) I was born in New Orleans, LA, on December 12, 1968. I was surrendered on December 19, 1968. The placing agency was Seller's Baptist Home. The adoption was finalized in the 25th Judicial Court District for the Parish of St. Bernard, state of Louisiana, in May, 1971. I was initially fostered, then adopted, by Joyce and Kenneth Purvis. My natural mother was 20 years old at the time of my birth. She was 6' tall, and 160 pounds, and of Scotch, Irish, and Indian descent. She purportedly had finished high school, and was in college. She had one brother and one sister. Information regarding the birth father was provided by the birth mother. She indicated that at the time of the birth, the birth father was 21 years old, 6'3" tall, and weighed 210 pounds. He was of Indian-Cherokee descent. He had a tenth grade education. From what I remember having been told, I had a very high fever at birth, and suffered developmental delays. My eyes had (and obviously have) a decidedly almond cast to them. I believe they suspected mongoloidism / down's syndrome. The non-identifying information makes reference to this. The report states, "'Melanie's development appeared to be within normal range but it was pointed out that she would never be above average.' The psychologist recommended the adoptive placement as long as the adoptive parents could accept Melanie's limited intellectual potential." Certainly, I can understand how the prospect of undertaking such a momentous responsibility could overwhelm a 20 year old girl. Thankfully, and hopefully without sounding too full of myself, they were wrong. :-)



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