A 32-year-old man realized a dream when he was adopted by his foster mother nearly 20 years after being ripped away from his foster family.
Maurice Griffin started life on a rough note. Abandoned as a baby, it took three years before he landed in the home of Lisa Godbold and her husband Charles. Lisa said the whole reason they went through the process to become foster parents was so they could adopt Maurice.
They family lived happily together for the next ten years before disaster struck. Though neither party will discuss what exactly tore them apart, at 13, Maurice was removed from the Godbold’s home and faced the darkest days of his young life.
Griffin described the experience as being abducted from your family and being told to simply accept it. Godbold said they felt tortures. They didn’t know where he was and weren’t allowed any contact with Maurice.
Griffin was sent from one foster home to another and endured abuse and mistreatment along the way. He held onto the memories he had of the family he still loved.
Godbold never stopped trying to find Griffin. Finally in 2009 she found success through social media. The separated mother and son vowed they would never lose touch with one another ever again.
In March, the pair entered a San Diego courtroom where Godbold finally adopted the young man she always felt was her son. Griffin could barely contain his excitement prior to the hearing, saying the adoption was 20 years overdue.
After the short proceeding, Griffin said he’d been waiting his whole life for this one moment. With paperwork in hand, he said he was back with the family he loved and felt he was home at last.
Godbold was very emotional, saying their lives had come full circle. Griffin now joins his siblings, Godbold’s two biological children in completing the family. Charles passed away while the parties were separated and out of contact.
Griffin always looked up to Charles and would have loved to be adopted by him as well. Still when the day was over Griffin was thrilled to be Godbold’s son. He said she’s my mother and always has been.