Regretful Indiana Couple Adopts Daughter They Gave Up 39 Years Ago

USATODAY_HumankindPublished: December 6, 20171,716 views
Published: December 6, 2017

Roger Roth and Marcie Keithley had been dating for about eight months in 1978 when they found out they were pregnant. Unfortunately Roger was incapable of being a father and wasn't ready for the lifelong commitment to the child, or to Marcie. That is why they signed papers to give their daughter Jessica for an adoption after she was born because they didn’t think that they could give her the life she deserved.

Marcie and Roger also parted ways but were filled with regret and eventually returned back together admitting they had made the biggest mistake of their life by giving up their child. Years later, the couple fiercely searched for their baby girl but had no luck. They posted a letter on an adoption website and a woman ended up reaching out and offering to help.

After locating their long-lost daughter, Roger and Marcie sent her a plane ticket to Louisville and a bouquet of 29 yellow, white and pink roses, to represent every year they had missed, for her birthday!

Jessica's parents were devastated to discover that their daughter had endured a very tough life, suffering with drug and alcohol addictions and having five children by five different fathers. An apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

When family's attorney Anna Murray called Jessica to give her the good news, the 39-year-old didn’t know they had prepared a special surprise for her. Their biological parents have agreed to readopt her and show her how much she is loved with this symbolic gesture.

After hearing the good news, Jessica was left speechless and overwhelmed with emotion. Now, after 39 years Jessica and her parents are a family again! Roger officially became a dad at 72 years of age, and says it was the best day of his life! Talk about second chances!

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