She discovers birth mom is co-worker


An Ohio adopted woman had been in quest for her biological mother for years, when she finally discovered that her biological mother works at InfoCision- the same company where she works.

Sonya Mitchell-Clark (38) was given up for adoption at birth. She found out her biological mother’s name was Francine Simmons after the state’s Department of Health issued last month the birth records of those born between January1964 and September 1996.

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April 19 th, 2015

Quest’s surprising end

Simmons, who was forced to give up her daughter after getting pregnant at the age of 14, was moved and shocked about the newfound relationship. After learning that her birth mother’s name was Francine Simmons, Mitchell looked her up on Facebook and discovered that she works at InfoCision, the tele-services company where she works.

The name Francine sounded familiar to her. A day later, she received the long-awaited call from her birth mother “She called me and I said, ‘Is this Ms. Francine?’ She said. ‘yes’. I said, ‘I think I’m your daughter’,” Mitchell-Clark said.

Shock over the newfound relationship

The duo had a lot to share but they started with tears of joy. ‘’I’m still in shock. It’s amazing,’’ Simmons said. She said she had always wanted to reconnect with the daughter she gave up as a 15-year-old mother, but she did not know how. “I got pregnant when I was 14. I had her when I was 15. I was put in a home, a girl’s home, had her and got to hold her. Didn’t get to name her, but I named her myself in my heart all these years,” Simmons added.

Reunited with the whole family

It was a joy not only to be reunited with the mother, but also to learn that she has three siblings, one of which even works at the same company. “I feel a sense of relief for my mother,” said Kamala Cummings, one of the siblings.

"It's just amazing that all this time we're thinking about her and trying to find her and she was trying to find us, too," Maissa added.

Mitchell-Clark had worked in the company for four years, while her mom had been there for 10. Besides, they live six minutes apart in Youngstown. Mitchell was thankful for her adoptive parents and also said that they also are  happy over the surprising reunion. “My Mom and Dad have always been supportive of me. (They’ve) always encouraged me to look for them. They’re going to be a part of this, too,” Mitchell-Clark said. Mitchell now belongs to a big extended family.



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