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This story will change lives, and maybe even yours or a friend!
Pine Level man meets biological family in Alaska
9/15/2004, 12:06 a.m. CT
PINE LEVEL, Ala. (AP) â€” In his 23 years, Chad Svenby of Pine Level has come
to know anger, alienation and the search for love and belonging. This weekend,
he found closure. It took a plane trip from Montgomery to Anchorage, Alaska, to
find it, but to Chad, distance was no big obstacle.
This weekend Svenby flew to a land he had never known to meet a family he never
knew. But the trip was merely the culmination of a lifelong journey full of
almost unbelievable twists and turns.
In a room at St. Margaret's Hospital, in November 1980, a maternity ward nurse
looked on as a 17-year-old girl bid farewell to her newborn. In moments, the
baby would be returned to the nursery, his bed marked with a card that read,
"Adoption." Everyone around the young mother had convinced her this was the
right thing to do. But nothing could have prepared her for this moment.
"She cried the whole time," said Danella Hoss, the nurse who sat with the girl.
"She told the baby she would love him forever, and that she hoped when he grew
up he could forgive her. She said it was not that she didn't want him, but that
she could not provide for him."
As the girl spoke to her child, her tears gently landed on the baby's head.
"She was christening him with her tears," Hoss said.
The baby had light blonde hair and bright blue eyes. Hoss remembers seeing the
baby's father, a skinny teenager, as he gazed through the observation window at
the son he was sure he'd never see again. Soon after the child was born, the
young mother, named Darla, moved with her family away from Montgomery.
For years, Hoss couldn't stop telling the story, again and again. She said it
seemed like the perfect example of unselfish, unconditional love.
Dot and Ray Brooks of Prattville adopted the boy when he was five days old and
named him Chad Howell Brooks. The couple divorced soon after, and Dot remarried
when Chad was 2.
"He was a beautiful child," said Chad's adoptive mom, whose last name is now
Clare. "We have always been very, very close."
Chad grew up knowing he was adopted. Only in his teens did he become interested
in finding his birth parents. When he asked, Clare told Chad his birth mother's
name was Darla Svenby, and that she came from Colorado.
"That was all I knew." Clare said.
Chad grew up loved, safe and sound. Still, something was missing.
"There was always a hole in my life that couldn't be filled," Chad said.
At 16, he left school and his home, staying with family friends Danny and Faye
McGee. Chad bonded with Danny McGee and worked for him on roofing jobs.
"I kept him busy, and he listened to what I had to say," said McGee.
He remembers Chad back then as quiet, good kid, but he knew Chad was a little
"He kind of had a little chip on his shoulder," he said.
By age 21, Chad had completed an apprenticeship with the Electrical Workers
Union and would later become a master electrician. Best of all, he met a girl
â€” a pretty, blond graduate of Troy State University Montgomery.
That first night, he and Amanda Hoss stayed up together into the wee hours,
talking nonstop at the Waffle House. This was the girl he would marry.
"You either know or you don't know when someone's the one," said Amanda, now
Chad's wife. "We just knew."
Chad had found true love. He didn't know this new bond would propel him full
circle, back into his past, and then ahead to his future.
When Danella Hoss' daughter brought home the boy she was serious about, Hoss
sensed she was meeting an "angry young man," one who was searching for
something that wasn't coming. At one point, Amanda told her family that Chad
Hoss caught her breath. This boy had light blond hair and bright blue eyes. She
asked him his birth date.
The ages matched up. She was sure that Chad had been that baby boy. No, Chad
told Hoss, he was born at Jackson Hospital. At least he thought so.
Danella Hoss still believed. But she didn't speak of it. Instead, she immersed
herself in planning Chad and Amanda's wedding. They were married in December
Chad thought more about finding his birth parents, but didn't know where to
start. Then Danella Hoss told him about a bill passed in 2000 that opened the
long-sealed birth records of Alabama adoptees. In August 2003, Chad and Amanda
began a serious search.
The first thing they learned: Chad was born not in Jackson Hospital, but in St.
Margaret's, to Darla Svenby, on the day Danella Hoss would never forget. He was
Things had come full circle.
"I have held you â€” I was one of the first people to hold you," Danella Hoss
told Chad. "Son, your mother loved you, and it was the most unselfish love.
Nobody loved you more than she did."
Chad learned he wasn't abandoned, that his birth family probably longed for him
as much as he did for them. Then, last March, the couple found out Amanda was
pregnant. The urge to find Chad's birth family was overwhelming.
"I didn't want them to miss out," Chad said.
From his birth records, they knew Darla Svenby had married Chad's father, Randy
Allgood, and the couple had moved every four years. But there were no more
specifics. Amanda's dad, Frederick Hoss, a retired major at Maxwell Air Force
Base, noticed that everywhere the couple had moved, there was an Air Force
When he typed Randy Allgood's name into a military search engine, he learned
Allgood was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. Chad
soon had his father's phone number. On Aug. 20, Chad called his birth father
for the first time, starting an ongoing series of daily, hours-long phone calls
on both sides.
Amanda recalled in one of their first conversations, Randy Allgood asked his
son a crucial question: "Are you mad at us?"
When they were 17, the couple's parents had been presented adoption as their
only choice. But of course they never forgot. And of course they always
Chad told his dad that no, he wasn't mad.
"You did this in love," he said.
The ongoing conversations between Chad and his family revealed a barrage of
eerie coincidences. Darla Allgood originally named her baby Chad Lee Svenby.
Dot Clare, unaware of that, named him Chad Howell Brooks.
"He was born to be a Chad," Amanda said. "Chad's name means 'warlike.' He's a
Chad's maternal grandmother, Delores Svenby, prayed for Chad for years and kept
a collection of letters she wrote to him. She died March 2, the day Chad and
his wife conceived their first child. During the 10 months the Svenbys were in
Montgomery, Chad's adoptive grandfather was the barber of his biological
One of the strangest twists: Darla and Randy Allgood were brought together as
teens by a difficult situation, but they wed, and remained married for 22
years, raising four sons â€” Brandon, 18, Adam, 16, Casey, 13, and 9-year-old
Dylan. When Chad found his family, it was already intact. He had been the one
It's been a little more than three weeks since first contact. E-mails and
instant messages have continually zipped across the continent. There was only
one thing left to do â€” meet face-to-face.
The Allgoods bought Chad and Amanda first-class tickets from Montgomery to
Anchorage. The couple left Saturday morning, arriving that night. The whole
family met Chad and Amanda at Anchorage International Airport.
Those first few minutes, they said, were made up of more embraces than words.
When she first embraced her oldest son, Darla Allgood found out what it feels
like to be anxious, overwhelmed and relieved, all at the same time.
"My goodness â€” he is absolutely handsome and beautiful. I was thrilled,"
Allgood said by way of cell phone. "The biggest thing is just the relief to
know that he's OK. For so many years, I've wondered about him."
She said she also loved the way he has bonded with his brothers: The five of
them played pool Saturday night on a table Brandon bought especially for Chad.
Randy Allgood said he was taken aback by Chad's physical similarity to his
family, saying Chad was identical to his grandfather, Dewain Svenby, when he
The family stayed up most of Saturday night, catching up, and Sunday, they took
a glacier cruise in Whittier, the western gate to Prince William Sound.
"It was a beautiful, perfect day," Chad said.
Randy Allgood said having Chad and Amanda near, and watching their future
grandson, Chad Lee Svenby Jr., grow up would be a thrill.
The baby is due in December. Monday, Chad visited the Electrical Workers' Union
in Anchorage, checking future job possibilities.
"We're hoping they will move and start another chapter in their life up here,"
he said. "Then, we can become a family again."
For now, Chad Svenby said he is savoring the greatest happiness he's ever felt.
More than 3,000 miles away, after nearly 24 years, he's made it home.
"It's so much more than what I imagined," he said over the phone Sunday night
as he rode through the Alaskan mountains with his newfound family. "This is a
new adventure, and hopefully it will never end."
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