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Atlanta Woman Finds 'Opportunity No. 3' In A Letter

Jun 6, 2017
StoryCorps Atlanta

81-year-old Anna Belle Illien is admittedly “not one to pass up opportunities.” She has had several careers throughout the decades — from a French teacher, to an art gallery owner, to an adoption agent. The adoption agency she runs began after her own successful adoption of a child from India in the late '70s.

She has three adopted children and recently sat down with her youngest, 33-year-old Juliana, whose birth parents approached Anna Belle’s agency.

Here is Anna Belle describing the formation of their unique family.