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Josh Finally Gets to Meet His Birth Mother on 'Holly's World' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 28th 2011 3:54AM
Josh Strickland, 'Holly's World' (VIDEO)One of the arcs on this season of 'Holly's World' (Sun., 10:30PM ET on E!) has been her friend Josh Strickland's search for his birth mother. Adopted as an infant, he was seeking his roots and some answers as to why he was given up.

That journey culminated in this week's episode as Josh finally came face-to-face with Cindy, the woman who gave him life. It was tears and joy as he learned that Cindy had never stopped loving him.

"I wanted you to have a good life and I turned you over to someone who could take care of you because I couldn't," she admitted.

Josh was immediately struck by their physical similarities. "We had each other's eyes," he noted. "We had each other's mouth. And when she smiled, we both had those cheeks that close our eyes."

He also discovered he had three sisters, which was a huge change. With his adoptive parents he was an only child. It was certainly a positive experience for everyone involved and gave Josh that wholeness of self he'd been seeking.

Watch how detectives found Josh's birth mother, in this clip:

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Dear Holly's world - i have a similar situation that Josh had - but I am searching for my son and i need help- i gave birth to him in 1977 he is now 34 years old - I do not know where to even start I need some guidance - I have never forgiven my parents for doing this and taking him away and adopting him out for money - Please Holly's world can you help me. I have never had any other children I am 48 yo and would like to find my son - I think of him every day.
Thank you,

March 28 2011 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was also adopted at birth... I did find my birth mother she was shocked that I found her... I met my other half brother's... One was ok with it the other didn't really say much I understood how he felt since he never knew about me... It was best that my birth mom gave me up to the family that adopted me... She was a nice lady but after we went to vist her in vegas at the time she wasn't as nice as it turn out... My half sister that I never met wrote me a letter saying why do you want to keep in touch with us for you have the family that raised you so leave us alone... Iam so glad she give me up who knows what she would have been like.... Sometimes it's a good reunion but other times things don't always go the way we think...

March 28 2011 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Meeting your birth mother isn't always a guarantee of "happily ever after". In most cases the bio mom does not want to necessarily be found, as it was in my case. And we were and continue to be strangers. Even though she is a good person, I have met my half sibling, whom she did keep and realized I really got the better deal. My half sibling had a horrible upbringing with her. I was adopted into a family who loved me and gave me everything I needed. It is not always a happy reunion that stays happy or even develops into a long term relationship.

March 28 2011 at 10:34 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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wow... downer... (sarcasm) but I, and every other logical person, can see where many of these cases can go, and like you said, unless the mother was activley serching for you, the odds of 'happily ever after' are very slim. the upside, aside from realizing that you may have been given the better path, is realizing that every moment in your life has shaped you differently, no matter who you shared your life with. "happily ever after" doesn't have to be with your blood relatives!

March 28 2011 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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