Janeen to finally meet family after 60 years
SIXTY years after being put up for adoption Bundaberg resident Janeen Jordan will this week finally meet the family she never knew she had.
Mrs Jordan always knew she was adopted and had grown up an only child.
She had tried, and failed, to learn about her biological family ... until a fateful call last week from an uncle she did not realise even existed.
He told Mrs Jordan that she had five other siblings - and changed her life forever.
"It was a good job I was sitting down," she said.
"I'm still numb with shock."
Mrs Jordan had sought information about her biological mother in the 1990s but soon ran into a dead end.
"My mother had married and changed her name," she said.
"So it was difficult to find her."
All her life, Mrs Jordan had had a burning desire to know why she had been put up for adoption, with various scenarios running through her mind.
That was all put to rest last week.
"My uncle told me my mother was forced into a Catholic convent and had to give me up," she said.
"Nobody cared about the mother or the child because it was just seen as a slur against the family name."
Mrs Jordan said when her biological mother passed away in 2001, her uncle dropped the bombshell on her three brothers and two sisters.
"He said (to them), 'there is something you should know - your mother had a baby before she married and had you'," she said.
They started a search for their missing sibling - Mrs Jordan - and 12 years later they are finally coming together as a family.
Mrs Jordan said finding out this information later in life had forced her to examine her identity and who she was.
Mrs Jordan will drive to Melbourne later this week to meet her family and is both excited and wary of how her new family may react.