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Dad reunited with adopted son again
2:20pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
AN emotional family reunion took place as a father and son were finally brought back together after 46 years apart.
Francis Willems, aged 67, of Lansdowne Row, Malvern, last saw his son Tony Green when he was just six weeks old.
Mr Willems and Mr Green’s mother Patricia Moore met in Malvern in the late 1960s and she quickly fell pregnant.
Although they married and moved to a flat, the relationship didn’t work out.
Mr Willems said: “I only saw Tony until he was about six weeks old.”
He went round to see Tony but the family had left.
That would be the last he would hear about his son until last week when he answered a call and heard a man’s voice who said, “Hello, my name’s Anthony.”
Mr Willems, who had never stopped thinking about his lost son, replied tearfully: “Anthony Joesph George”.
He was elated to hear his son say, “I’ve found you, dad. My real dad.”
The reunion became possible after Mr Green, from Norwich, received an adoption certificate through the post after requesting a replacement birth certificate.
His partner Sharon Carter had previously pointed out it was odd his old certificate was only issued the day before his fifth birthday but he had never expected to discover he was adopted.
That sparked his search for the truth which ended on Monday in the emotional reunion with his real father.
After discovering his adoption Mr Green questioned his family, pretending he was researching his family tree.
Although he now has no contact with his adoptive father and only a distant relationship with his mother, his aunt was able to give him Mr Willems’ name.
Mr Green and his partner decided to trawl through Facebook, working late into the night to send messages to every Willems they could find for information on Francis.
The following morning Mr Green woke to discover a message that simply read, ‘That’s my dad’ with a phone number.
At the same time, Mr Green had sent off again for his full birth certificate.
This later arrived confirming that Mr Willems was his father.
After meeting his father Mr Green was introduced to his extended family, learning Mr Willems went on to have eight more children.
Mr Willems and sister Janet are already planning a return visit to Mr Green, who has decided to change his name to Willems.
Mr Willems said: “I’ve lost 46 years of a father and son relationship but we are not going to lose contact again.
“I sometimes thought I’d never see him again but I never gave up.”
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