Dad reunites with his daughter 30 years after his ex-wife forced him to give her up for adoption.

Jim Mcaskill was caught off guard when his partner told him she was expecting a child, but he was eager to help raise her.

He was just 15 years old, so he had no idea what this entailed, and raising a child would have been difficult with both parents still in school.

Against the father’s desires, his girlfriend bravely opted to take the baby to term and then give her up for adoption.

When Jim’s daughter Devon was born in 1978, she was immediately placed for adoption; Jim was frantic to say goodbye, so he was permitted 10 minutes with his daughter, despite hospital restrictions.


“A nurse wheeled me into a little room, dressed me, and gave Devon to me.” “I kissed her and gave her a little embrace,” he added. “It was just this little teeny chubby nose and she just kept staring up like she knew who I was.”

The adoring father wanted to take a bit of his daughter home with him, so he stole a beaded necklace with Devon’s name from her neck and promised to return it one day.

Because he was not allowed to know where his daughter was being reared, he remembered her on every birthday and Christmas and even wrote letters to her in the hopes that she would one day be able to read them.

Jim looked for his daughter, and as the years passed, his search grew more extensive and desperate.


He couldn’t find her because his name wasn’t on her birth certificate, but he was undeterred and determined to find her, so he scoured adoption agencies across the United States and Canada.

However, in 2013, he was persuaded to look up Nicole Stefanick on Facebook. When he first saw her image and viewed her profile, he was taken aback by how much she resembled her mother.

The two would eventually be reunited after more than three decades of thinking about his young girl and never giving up hope that he would find her.

When Jim saw his daughter for the first time in a long time, he couldn’t help but cry.

my beautiful daughter nicole and her horse….xoxox
 — 和 Nicole Stefanick

He remarked of his first meeting with his daughter after 35 years apart, “I lost it in the middle of the hallway.” “I couldn’t believe how gorgeous she was… I sobbed my eyes out…” I told her I’d always loved her and will continue to do so.”

Meanwhile, Nicole was worried that her biological father would disapprove of the person she had become, but that fear vanished as soon as she saw him.

She stated, “There was an instant bond.” “To know that I’ve been thought of and loved for the past 35 years is incredible.”

He returned the beaded necklace with her name, as well as all the gifts and cards he had purchased for her over the years.

Nicole now adorns her wrist with priceless jewelry.

The fact that Jim never gave up his search only goes to show how deep the relationship between a father and their child is, and how they would go to any length to be with them.

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