Minnesota: A Mother's Search

A Mother's Search

Jerry Sherwood was a 17-year-old runaway living in a reform school in 1961 when she gave birth out of wedlock to a son she named Dennis. As a ward of the state, Sherwood was forced to give up her child for adoption. Nineteen years later, she set out to find him. The search led her to Ramsey County, where the welfare department informed her that Dennis had died in 1965 of peritonitis. But adoptions are confidential in Minnesota, and other agencies refused to give out further information.

Sherwood, now 42, gave up her search until last September, when, she says, a...

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