When parents decide to adopt a child and bring them into their family, they feel like their dreams have finally come true. And for many adoptive kids, the realization that someone else out there wants to give them the stability and love they've been yearning feels simply amazing. But even if they're thrilled to be raised by a new set of parents, adoptive children often wonder where they came from. As they grow older, other questions start to arise. And no one knows this better than Steven Carter Jr. The details of his life before being adopted were not clear. In fact, his entire life story was a bit blurry. Even his birth certificate had been issued a month after he had been born. But when he stumbled upon a crazy missing person story as a grown up, he decided it was time to take matters into his own hands and investigate. His investigation ended up paying off after he was able to solve one of the longest missing child cases in the USA.
Philadelphia local Steven Carter Jr. was going about his day, working as a medical software salesman in Bella Vista.
Life was good for the young man, who was taking a lunch brunch, casually checking out his phone, when suddenly, a CNN breaking news story made him stop dead in his tracks. Little did he know that clicking on that story would send him on an adventure to unravel secrets from his past. Not only that, but what he'd eventually dig up would end up making waves on every news station out there!
The story involved missing Atlanta woman, Carlina White, who had disappeared after she was kidnapped as a baby.
As an adult, she had finally figured out what happened to her, and now she wanted to tell the world her story. Carlina was the one who ended up cracking her own missing persons' case. You see, she was only 19 days old when a woman impersonating a nurse had kidnapped her from the hospital. But Carlina didn't know she had been stolen at birth. Her story resonated with Steven, who always felt like there was some information missing about who he was and where he had come from.
There were many details of Steven's first few years that weren't clear.
But his confusing upbringing apparently begun in the beautiful Hawaiian islands, where he was born with a different name — Tenzin Amea. All he knew at this point was that he was originally born on January 16, 1977, and that at some point in his life, he had ended up in foster care in the island of Oahu. But that wouldn't last long.
Steven tried putting together bits and pieces of every memory he could think of.
The time he spent at the orphanage wasn't really all that bad, but he had always dreamed of having a big loving family. He had never known what it was like to be raised in a stable home. He was an affectionate little boy. One day, a couple who was looking to adopt visited the orphanage in 1980, and they immediately fell in love with the little boy's magnetic personality.
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Steve Carter Sr. worked as an army officer, and he was stationed in Oahu, Hawaii, along with his wife, Pat.
They were looking to take the next step and have a child. His wife worked as a teacher, but they always felt like they wanted something more. One day, they decided to visit the local orphanage where they met an adorable little three-year-old child named Tenzin Amea. The couple was captivated by his charm almost instantly. Little did they know that this sweet little guy's story was far more complicated than anyone had imagined.
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