Facebook has reconnected an 80-year old mother with the daughter she had to give away at birth when she was 17 years old. Helen Torres had given away her daughter for adoption when she was 17 years old in 1948. About 63 years later, she was reconnected with her daughter Christina.
After giving her daughter away for adoption, Helen ended up getting married and had raised five children. She had to give away Christina because she did not have the means at the time to take care of her. She kept up with her first daughter from a distance until age 12 and then lost track. Helen had always paused on March 8 to remember her first daughter to silently celebrate Christina’s birthday though.
Helen’s youngest daughter Deneen Torres was motivated to find her long-lost sister through public records using a birth certificate. After that did not work, she created a Facebook Page called ?SEARCHING FOR MY SISTER, MARY CHRISTINE BUSTAMANTE (GRAY) DOB 3/8/1948.? She put this as the description:
My sister?s name is Mary Christine Bustamante. She was born 3/8/1948 in Los Angeles, CA and adopted by Ralph and Anna Bustamante at birth, lived on Eddystone St in Whittier, CA as a child. Married James Woodrow Gray on Nov. 12, 1966 at St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Whittier. Separated in the 1970?s. Her best friend growing up was Barbara Morasky of Pico Rivera, CA. Does anyone know where she is? Her birth family has been searching for her for over 30 yrs and have had no luck. If you know her, could you please tell her that her birth family is searching for her or let her birth family know where she is. This picture is the only one we have of her. She is 62 yrs. old now.
In April 2011 Christina Gray surfaced and she made a phone call to Deneen Torres. Gray had never been told by the couple that raised her that she was adopted. Since that couple passed away, Gray thought she was alone in the world. After visiting her long lost family in June and finally getting to meet her mother, she decided to move to Yuba City to live closer to her family.