A woman who was put up for adoption by her mother spent nine years caring for her without revealing her own identity.
Phyllis Whitsell, from Birmingham, was adopted aged four and had been told that her mother had passed away when she was a child.
She said: "Finding my mother was always at the back of my mind
"But it wasn't until I was an adult, a trained nurse and married myself with a family of my own, that I was able to do it. In the past, information had often deliberately been withheld from adopted children anyway.
"Once I had left my adoptive parents' home, I could take matters into my own hands."