SA man tracks down his long-lost siblings after decades – on Facebook

By Jana Smit
09 October 2016

Ian was 11 days old when his mother, who was only 17, was forced to put him up for adoption.

He still has many questions but it’s fantastic for him to have contact with his half-brothers and half-sisters after decades, says Ian de Roubaix, from Fouriesburg.

Ian (50) has searched for information about his biological family for 30 years. On 26 September he found out that he has two half-brothers and half-sisters. His mom died four years ago.

On Monday morning Ian posted on Facebook. By the afternoon he was told people knew where they were.

“We’re talking on the phone and by email. We must now get to know one another,” he says, referring to his new-found half-siblings. Photos have been exchanged and as soon as they all know more about one another a meeting will be arranged.

Many of their conversations are about their mother and the family structure. “There is certain information that I want,” he says.

Ian doesn’t want to reveal the names of his half-brothers and half-sisters or say where in Gauteng they live. “They’re very private,” he says.

Ian, a chef, says he and his family have divergent careers, but his biological granny was a chef too. “Our artistic gift comes from my mother.”

Ian has spent years searching for his biological mother. Two months ago he obtained her details from the Christelik Maatskaplike Raad, a church organisation. This is the information that he shared on Facebook and which led to his finding his family.

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