One woman's Syracuse adoption mystery
Wed, 06 Mar 2013 20:50:52 GMT — A woman, born in Syracuse and adopted, is searching for her birth parents. Despite years of searching, Skye Brennan has little to go on as she tries to piece together her background. She knows she was born in Syracuse on August 23, 1985, put into foster care, and later adopted. Brennan has baby pictures, but she has no way of knowing who took them. "A lot of people will say, ??leave the past in the past.?? But if you don't know your past, how can you look forward to the future?" says Brennan. Brennan??s adoption was a closed adoption and has only been able to get non-identifying information about her birth parents from the state registry and the agency handling the adoption. "I want to know what my birth name was," says Brennan. On the paperwork she can get, even her adoptee birth certificate, most of the key information is covered up. She knows her father was 6-feet-1-inches tall, with curly red hair and her mother was 5-feet-4-inches with brown hair and blue eyes. "I've actually spent hours and days, actually days, just staring at the paperwork trying to figure out what my name was," says Brennan. She says she has always looked at other people and wondered if she's related to them. Brennan has lived in Buffalo for the past 20 years and when she came to Syracuse to search through old newspaper records, she says that sensation was amplified. "I was just looking at everybody like, 'Are you my family?'Are you my family?' It's sad because you look like a little lost puppy," she says. Blocked at every turn, Brennan says didn't know what else she could do. A friend from Buffalo suggested she put a picture on Facebook asking for help. She included the limited information she has about her Syracuse birth. Brennan did post a picture to Facebook, and it has brought Brennan help from thousands of people she has never met. In just over two weeks, her picture had been shared more than 5,000 times and seen by more than 143,000 people. There is new hope for Brennan that maybe her birth family, or someone who knows them, will reach out to her. "I've been through a lot in my life and I don't regret one, except for not being able to know who i am," says Brennan.