Plain Dealer tells fascinating story of Kevin Butler and his birth parents

Kevin Butler learned more than just the names of his birth parents two years ago when he opened an envelope containing his birth certificate.
Butler always knew he had been adopted, but as Plain Dealer reporter Michael K. McIntyre writes in the newspaper's Dec. 1, 2019 edition, a new Ohio law unsealing birth records for adoptees born between 1964 and 1966 inspired the McDonald Hopkins attorney to send away for the official document:
''It was just $20. I wasn't planning to do anything with it,'' he said. 
But when Kevin opened the envelope and read the document, he realized he knew his birth father. For two years, Kevin struggled with how to tell him. It never seemed like the right time.
To read the rest of Butler's fascinating story, read "Birth father discovery: 'I think I know him" at


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