After Being Forced to Give His Son up For Adoption, Teenage Father Spent a Decade Searching for Him

November 01 16:26 2022
After Being Forced to Give His Son up For Adoption, Teenage Father Spent a Decade Searching for Him
This National Adoption Month, Darrick Rizzo shares his heartfelt story of how he lost his son due to peer pressure and then found him again after a decade of unwavering search and faith.

Darrick Rizzo, motivational speaker/ book author/ serial entrepreneur, was just in his freshman year when he became a teenage father. At an age when he was not mature enough or financially sound to take care of a family, he succumbed to his girlfriend’s family’s pressure to give up his son for adoption. However, he did it on the condition to stay in touch with the family and meet his son when. This wasn’t an easy decision for Rizzo, to say the least.

Darrick Rizzo, motivational speaker/ book author/ serial entrepreneur, was just in his freshman year when he became a teenage father. At an age when he was not mature enough or financially sound to take care of a family, he succumbed to his girlfriend’s family’s pressure to give up his son for adoption. However, he did it on the condition to stay in touch with the family and meet his son when. This wasn’t an easy decision for Rizzo, to say the least.

Soon after the adoption, Rizzo noticed the adopted mother was not calling or returning his calls, and after a little investigation, Rizzo learned that she had taken off and disappeared with his son, leaving no traces behind. Being the birth father who loved his baby, he never forgot about the boy, but it took him nearly a decade to find him. He searched everywhere the potential leads led him and eventually found his son.

Darrick Rizzo also penned down his journey in his book “The Open Adoption: A Birth Father’s Story” and also let Amazon make a documentary on his quest named ‘Never Giving Up ON CAM’, which can be found online on Prime.

Being a motivational speaker, Rizzo always shares heart-shattering stories from his past, especially the 10-year-long painful period of not knowing where his son was, but also nursing the hope of finding him soon. He also stresses being persistent no matter how tough things get. Being consistent and hopeful leads to wonders.

“Every single obstacle I’ve ever had, I end up doing something that helps me get through,” said Darrick Rizzo.

The energy, inspiration, and will of steel that Rizzo derives from his past struggles help him lead the audiences in his sessions toward what he calls the King KongIn mindset, which means being a soldier, a warrior, and a conqueror. So although his story as a birth father is heart-wrenching, it also made him who he is today, helping and shaping the minds of others for the better.

Those interested in reading Darrick’s book can order it via Amazon, and to hire Darrick Rizzo for speaking engagements, call 818 245-5081.

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