Amherst native looking for birth family
AMHERST - For more than three decades, Peter Giordano has been thinking about his birth family.
Now, the 45-year-old is on the hunt for his birth parents and siblings.
Born on July 22, 1964, Peter David Burton was taken from his parents at the age of two-and-a-half. Six years and four foster homes later, he was adopted.
"I'm curious (about them)," he said from his home in New Jersey. "I wonder if they've ever looked for me."
Off and on for the last couple of years, Giordano has been searching for his parents, Donald Alexander Burton and Norma LeBlanc, and his three brothers - born July 1959, May 1961 whose name, according to letters from the child adoption agency is Anthony, and January 1963.
"Because two of my brothers are older than me, the odds of them being adopted also is unlikely. My brother who is a year older than me is mentally retarded so he probably would have stayed in a home or something like that," he said.
Having his birth records and two letters of his history from the adoption agency, Giordano is hoping his search for his birth family will prove fruitful.
"I hope to find them and keep in touch with them through e-mail," he said.
The letters from the adoption agency say Giordano's biological mother was born in Amherst in November 1939, and is one of nine children, with two brothers and six sisters.
It's written that her parents were of French descent.
Giordano's mother, according to the agency's letter, married his father, who was born in Springhill in May of 1941 and had two sisters.
In 1966, the family came to the attention of Family and Children's Services. They had been referred by a physician at a mental health clinic who felt Giordano's mother wasn't capable of maintaining the family.
Giordano's father had a criminal history and spent many years in prison. When he was last released, Giordano's father returned home to the family for a month before leaving.
Giordano's mother had a difficult time coping with responsibilities of being a single mom.
The children were apprehended four days after Christmas.
"I can't remember much from my birth family," said Giordano, adding the one thing he does remember is an incident at the family's home on Church Street in Amherst.
"Unless that was a dream.
"I was young and my parents had guests over. We had holes in the ceiling from the pipes, and (my brothers and I) had big gumballs. We were taking pieces of them and throwing them down the holes."
Following the apprehension of Giordano and his siblings, Giordano's mother went to Ontario where she lived with her husband off and on, says the agency's letter, adding the mother had maintained some contact with her children in the years following.
Having searched online for names, Giordano said he came across a man with the same last name as his mother's that also happened to live on Church Street. He's emailed the man, without having heard anything back.
If anyone thinks they may be related to Giordano, he would like to be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.