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In 1992, Shawn Russ, then known as Gregory Kingsley, became the first child to legally sever ties with parents. The televised case grabbed the nation's attention and set a precedent for fellow children after Russ said he hoped it would 'encourage other young people to take action to gain their happiness'. He helped in the case of Kimberly Mays, a 17-year-old girl who was switched at birth in a Florida hospital in 1978. In 1993, the judge granted she could cut off all contact with her biological parents, who were trying to get full custody, as she wanted to stay with the man who had raised her as his daughter. Ladies Home Journal wrote a Special Report on Shawn called "I've got the family I always wanted" on his "divorce" from his biological family and subsequent adoption by a Florida family. ...CONTACT Carla Hotvedt at SILVER IMAGE Photo Agency and Weddings 352.373-5771 or carla@silverimagephotoagency.com.
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