Each year, thousands of children go missing. The stories of these helpless children and their distressed families can be heartbreaking. Occasionally, the stories have happy endings. However, while police can solve some cases, many remain unsolved for years, if not forever.
Thankfully, there is an organization trying to solve these cases. John and Reve Walsh created the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 1984. It’s goal is to support families, as well as law enforcement, in their efforts to reunited children with their families. Since their creation, the NCMEC has helped recover nearly 200,000 missing children. In 2018 alone, the Center assisted in over 25,000 cases of missing children. Furthermore, the NCMEC became critical in helping Steven Carter Jr. find answers about his past.
1. Meet Steven Carter Jr.
For most of his life, 41-year-old Steven Carter Jr. only knew one thing: his parents adopted him from an orphanage as a toddler. But the rest of the details of how he got there had always been a mystery to him and his adoptive family. As an adopted man, Carter knew that he was lucky to find a home with a loving family. He also loved his adoptive parents, Steven Sr. and Pat, who created such a stable environment for him. Everything seemed perfect as a child…
However, as he grew, Carter realized that some of the details surrounding his adoption just didn’t add up. After years of living with his adoptive family in New Jersey, Steven Carter Jr. decided to search for answers. Soon, he began digging into his background. His search took the adopted man all over the country: from the shores of Hawaii to the streets of New York City. After a long and emotional journey, Carter uncovered some mysterious details that changed his life forever.