A 37-year-old Toronto man has posted an ad on Kijiji asking for help in finding his biological mother, three years after learning from his parents that he was adopted.
Dave Rogers told Metro Morning host Matt Galloway on Wednesday morning about the night his parents invited him to dinner, and told him he was adopted at birth.
"They sort of felt they needed to tell me so that I'd hear it from them," said Rogers.
"I was certainly shocked, probably took a few moments to gather myself and kind of process it," he said. "I think my first response to them was that they would always be my mum and dad no matter what."
At the time, Ontario was releasing its adoption records, which would have allowed Rogers's biological mother to request his contact information, or vice versa.
But Rogers has since discovered that his biological mother has closed the adoption records, creating a hurdle in his own search.
'I want to know my history'
The few details he does know were provided to his parents at the time of his adoption: His mother was from Nova Scotia and worked at a bank in Brampton, Ont., until he was born. She may have been from a large family.
"I want to know my history, have my son know my history, and maybe be blessed with a larger family or relatives," he wrote in his online classified ad on Kijiji, which has received over 88,000 views and hundreds of emails after it was first posted on Easter Sunday.
"I had no expectation that it would be this public at all," Rogers told Galloway. "I thought I might connect with a couple of people out East and begin to search that way."
Happily married with one son, and a second child on the way, Rogers told Galloway he was content with his life and emotionally prepared for wherever his search may lead.
"There's lots of great things in my life," he said. "It would be great to have a little bit more, and maybe learn a bit more, and connect with some more people, but I'm OK as is."