[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 May 2007, 13:27 GMT 14:27 UK
Teenager finds mother in Romania
Alex Boyd with his mother
Alex Boyd is planning another trip to see his mother in Romania
A teenager from Sussex who was adopted from a Romanian orphanage 15 years ago has been back to the country of his birth to find his natural mother.

Alex Boyd, 19, who grew up in Brighton, travelled back to Romania for the first time since his adoption armed with just his birth certificate.

He managed to track down his mother on his last day in the country through a taxi driver he met by chance.

He said his mother acted with disbelief at first, but then was euphoric.

"She suddenly got really upset, and then she suddenly recovered... and she was so happy to see me," he recalled.

Alex Boyd as a child in Romania
This was the only photograph of Alex Boyd before he came to the UK

Mr Boyd said he was told that his birth mother could not look after him as a baby, and had been forced by the Romanian authorities to give him to an orphanage.

He was brought to the UK at the age of three, and said he had always been keen to find out more about his roots.

"I wanted to wait for the right age, because obviously the country is still quite dodgy.

"If I could have gone on my own at 12, I would have done."

However, he said he doubted he would ever be able to think of his birth mother as more than just a friend.

"I don't think she'll ever be my mother in the true sense of the word, because obviously I've got two very loving parents who are really good.

"I think just a friendship would be really nice," Mr Boyd said.

An adopted Romanian orphan returns to his birth country

Potential pitfalls of adopting abroad
18 Oct 06 |  Special Reports
Country profile: Romania
19 Apr 07 |  Country profiles

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific