More than 30 years passed before one Batesville man learned who is birth parents were.
John Burchfield said he has known he was adopted, but never decided to go looking for his birth parents.
"I have known I was adopted ever since I was old enough to know and understand what that meant," he said. "But I never really wanted to go out and look for my other parents."
Burchfield said fear played a large part in making his decision not to seek out his birth parents.
"I think every adopted child will spend time wondering if their mother and father are out there are why they gave them up," he said. "I was no different.
"It’s kind of scary," he said. "Through the years I have seen all of these families reunited stories on TV and I always wondered if I had brothers or sisters and where mother and dad were, but it was something that was really easy to put on the back burner."
Burchfield said he might have considered seeking out his birth parents if and when anything ever happened to his adoptive family.
"I always thought I might start looking then, but I was always kind of hesitant," he said.
Burchfield said the one thing he learned from seeing so many similar stories on television was to be prepared.
"You never know when someone might walk through the door looking for you," he said. "So I was always kind of ready for that and it is exactly what happened."
On August 21, 2003, Burchfield was going through a normal day at work at Bancorp South when his life was changed forever.
"I was walking through the bank and some people came in," he said. "I had been in a meeting and when I came out of that meeting I ran head on into my mother.
"I didn’t know it at first," he said. "She saw me and started freaking out. I thought it was just a customer having an attack of some sort."
Burchfield said his brother was sent back into the bank where he waited for an opportunity to meet with him.
"I walked in and sat down with this guy and he told me the story of how they had been looking for me," he said. "I was kind of prepared for something like this, but I had know idea it would be that day.
"It was kind of shocking," Burchfield said.
Burchfield said his mother and brother had been able to find him thanks to help from an aunt that lived in Clarksdale when he was growing up.
"She just kind of watched me while I was growing up," he said. "She kept clippings out of the paper and other stuff.
"It wasn’t hard for her to find out I was adopted," he said. "It was a small town and pretty much everyone knew."
Burchfield said he also has an understanding of why his birth parents put him up for adoption.
"My birth mother and father had six kids from other marriages," he said. "They were also having some problems because of a divorce. They didn’t feel like they could provide for me the way they wanted."
Burchfield said his parents have been married since 1966 and have two more children since he was born.
"That’s the unique thing," he said. "I have met my full brother and sister, but I have not met all of my half-siblings.
"They are all living in different places and we just haven’t been able to get together yet," he said.
Burchfield said another interesting thing is that his mother, father, brother and sister all live in Southaven.
"It’s pretty neat to live that many years as an only child and then find out you have this massive family," he said.
Burchfield said the relationship between his adoptive parents and himself has not changed.
"As far as I am concerned they are still my parents," he said. "They have been divorced since I was three, but they are still my parents.
"My mother has met my birth parents and has been to several get-togethers with them," he said.
Burchfield said he is glad to now know about this part of his life.
"We all get together about every week for something," he said. "I am very glad to know I now have two families.
"It’s wonderful to be able to put a face with my birth parents," he said. "It’s nice to start filling in the gaps."