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Mom Meets Daughter 42 Years After She Was Taken Away: “It Feels Like Coming Home”
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Mom Meets Daughter 42 Years After She Was Taken Away: “It Feels Like Coming Home”

Nancy Womac's daughter was taken away from her in 1979 immediately after birth. She reunites with her almost after 42 years.

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In the June of 1979, Nancy Womac gave birth to her daughter who was immediately taken away without even allowing Nancy to hold her own daughter—they were separated. TODAY reports that Womac had been thinking about her daughter for years, to the point that she would prepare a cake for her daughter's birthday every year and worry how her life was going. However, after almost 42 years, Womac was able to hold her daughter this year in August. She shared a very warm hug with her daughter Melanie Spencer, after their reunion which happened because of a 2018 DNA test.

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She says, "Forty-two years of questions. It feels like coming home." Womac also added while talking about her daughter, Melanie Spencer, "And she’s just what I thought she would be. She’s beautiful. She’s smart." Womac was only 16 when she got pregnant and was living in an orphanage in Dalton, Georgia. When the director of that orphanage found out about this, they sent her to The Bethesda Home for Girls, founded by Lester Roloff.

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Womac recalls her experience of living in this home, "It was a long dirt road from the main road down to Bethesda. You just learn after a while, after being abused and slapped I guess survival mode kicks in. Just let me get through this day." The home has now been closed due to a series of inhumane and illegal activities that went on inside the premises and many girls living there complained that they were abused and were forced to live in terror, reports NBC news

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 After six months at this home, Womac was flown to Tennesse to deliver her baby who was immediately taken away after birth and given to an adopted family. Spencer grew up in South Africa and Indonesia and had no idea about the whereabouts of her mother. She was told by her adopted parents in South Africa that, "it was important for my biological mother that I go into a good Christian home," and that is why she was given away.

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However, Spencer too wanted to find out about her mother. Spencer told NBC News, "I wanted to find her, I wanted to know more about her. I think there was fear that it could be very hurtful if I dug more and found out that she didn’t want me." She moved back to U.S. for her further studies and with her two children, she began thinking about her lineage. She submitted a DNA sample to Ancestry which led her to finally trace her mother through Facebook. Spencer drove to Womac's house in Georgia where they both spent numerous days together with Womac's family. They finally met after 42 years of separation.

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Womac says, "These girls on Bethesda (support) groups, they talk about forgiveness and healing. And they say, let it go. I can’t let it go. (Spencer is) in my life." She aims to inspire the women who were in Bethesda homes to keep looking for their lost children. Womac says, "I’m happy she will know that she was loved," expressing her happiness over finding her firstborn after four decades.

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References:

https://www.today.com/parents/mom-reunites-daughter-taken-birth-42-years-ago-rcna10037

https://www.nbcnews.com/specials/bethesda-home-girls-stolen-babies/

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