Scott's life has not been easy. He was dealt a rotten trifecta: taken and placed for adoption as an infant, rejected by adopters as a teen, only to find original family in a shambles, unable to be of much positive, constructive help. Scott has spent a good deal of life behind bars.
He is free and sober now and trying to get on track. But his job opportunities are severely limited because of his tangled identity. He cannot prove who he is!
Scott was born and adopted in NJ trough DYFS. Despite his female adopter telling him to "get out of here" and "go find your 'real family'," she refuses to be of any assistance and he has no birth certificate - original OR amended!
Any suggestions or help would be most welcome.
The Back Story
In 1971 I married and moved from NYC to NJ start my life over as a suburban wife and mother. To redeem myself... maybe to prove myself.
Once settled into our new little cape cod house on Meadow Road, with no conscious connection, I began calling adoption agencies and telling them I'd like to adopt an "older" child of about 3 or 4. I thought, like many do today all the old cliches about their being so many kids who need homes and it would be a righteous thing to do. A liberal act of altruism, not infertile desperation. I was quickly told that "older" meant 10-12 and put the idea to rest.
I never made the connection that I was trying to replace my Alicia, who would have been the age of the child I was seeking, until much, much later. Was I also trying somehow to justify and believe the brain washing that adoption is a good thing, for the best? Was I trying to make penitence for having "given away" my firstborn child? I gave one away so I will take one?
It was almost as if I was saying: "I'm ready for her now, God. I can give her that two-parent home i was told she needed and deserved."
During the next decade I had three children born 1974, 1976 and 1979. Two boys and a girl. I was labelled by family and some friends as "super mom" for home birthing, breast-feeding and always having a baby in a sling or back pack... never putting them down or letting them cry. "Spoiling" them by some standards of child care.
These were the happiest years of my life! I felt fulfilled, and for the first time in my life proud of myself for my accomplishments in raising these three healthy children. (I had proved "them" all wrong." I WAS a fit and capable mother!)
Being a mother was so wonderful, there I was once again on the telephone inquiring about fostering. I went through the training and told them I wanted to foster teens. The year was 1983 and again, I made absolutely no conscious connection that I was seeking a teen to add to our family!
The folks at DYFS were ecstatic. they said that is the hardest population to place and the most in need. (The did send me a little girl first. Another tragic story, I won't go into...)
And then they sent David (now Scott) to us! We welcomed him into our family with a big WELCOME HOME sign.
In a bizarre twist of fate, I quickly learned that David had been adopted as an infant, his adopters divorced and a-mom decided he was too much for her to handle. She had him living in the garage for some minor, teenage behavioral incidents at school. And then, when he was 16, she dumped him into the foster care system and he came to live with me!
I found David's original family, which was not as much of a blessing as we had hoped for.
I look now at the photos and it so very clear to me today that as much as I ADORED my three kids, and had recently found Alicia, something - someone - was missing from from our family photos.
David was born April, 1968, just months after I lost Alicia.
Below is Alicia with my kids and I when I found her -- ironically, when she was 16.
Alicia is on her knees so I could see all of their faces together.
Had she stood for the photo, it would be just like the other photos here.
The subconscious has a mind all its own and compensates in ways we may never fully come to grasp. And what a tangled web it can weave.
PLEASE HELP SCOTT IF YOU CAN!
Born Scott Woods 4/12/68 in NJ to Delores Fleischer Woods and Roy John Woods. Adopted in NJ by Loretta (Stern) Lippe and Gary Lippe and named David Lippe.
He has been using his original name Scott Woods for decades but has neither an original or amended BC and cannot get photo ID.