Mom Forced To Give Son Up For Adoption. Now 18 Years Later, 4 Words Change Her Life.

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The decision to give up a child for adoption is a difficult one, to say the least.

Oftentimes, even when adoption is in everyone’s best interests, both parties find themselves dreaming of meeting one another again as the years go by.

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That dream became a reality last month for Winter Park, Florida, resident Tammy Oswalt and her son, Bruce, who she’d given up for adoption as a newborn.

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By the time she found out she was pregnant, Tammy was already raising two daughters on her own, and her world was seemingly crumbling down around her: Her partner had just left her, she’d lost her job and she was nearly homeless.

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“He deserved a family with two loving parents, a stable home and everything else I couldn’t provide at the time … It tore me up daily wondering where he was, how he was and if he hated me,” she explained.

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Bruce eventually was adopted and renamed Dylan. Tammy and his adoptive mother stayed in touch for a time, but when Tammy’s later inquiries went unanswered, she decided to step away quietly. She always maintained the hope that she’d see her son again.

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