Rigolet woman yearns to find her biological brother
His name was Darren Thomas Campbell.
To this day, Lorraine Shiwak cannot recall how she came to know that was her biological brother's name. But it's one of a just a few scattered pieces of information she has to go on, in her search to find him.
"Is he alive? Does he have a family? Does he have kids?" wonders Shiwak.
"It's a big thing for me to find him...maybe because I am adopted, too, so I always felt there was a missing link."
Lorraine and her brother were both placed for adoption as babies in North West River. Lorraine was adopted when she was three months old, by Dan and Marion Shiwak of Rigolet. It's where she grew up. Shiwak now lives in Kegaska, QC, located on the Lower North Shore.
Her brother, Darren Campbell, was adopted soon after his birth on May 9, 1969.
Shiwak has always known from a young age that she was adopted.
"I'm glad my (adoptive) family never kept that from me," said Shiwak, who met her biological family - the Campbell's from North West River - many years ago.
"My biological family and my (adoptive) family get along really well, and even visit all the time when they go to Rigolet."
Shiwak is hoping she can find her brother so as to close the family circle.
However, when she first started her search back in 1997, she was able to obtain very little information.
"I contacted Post Adoption Services with the Provincial Government, and was able to find out that he had been adopted out in the United States," said Shiwak. "His adoption was handled by Children's Aid and Family Services in Morristown, New Jersey."
After contacting them at that time, Shiwak was told there would be a $400 fee in order to access any information on her brother's adoption file. At the time, Shiwak said she could not chance spending that amount of money with no guarantee of bring able to get any more pertinent information.
"Chances are his name is no longer even Darren Campbell," said Shiwak. "And him being located in the United States made it even harder."
Shiwak said it is her understanding that post-1965, then Premier Joey Smallwood decreed that all babies born within the province should not be adopted outside the province.
It makes Shiwak wonder how her brother could have slipped through the system of the day, as he was born in 1969.
"I asked that of my contact in Post Adoption Services back in 1997, but was not able to get a clear answer," said Shiwak.
Shiwak recently made pleas on her Facebook page about her brother, and hopes spreading the word via social and traditional media will yield some results.
"I hope it will jog someone's memory," she said. "Maybe someday, I will find him."
She is also hopeful that maybe - just maybe - he might be searching for his biological family, too.
Anyone with any information on Darren Thomas Campbell may contact Shiwak through her personal Facebook page.