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Tighter South Carolina regulations have made it more difficult for adoptees in the state like Mullen to have access to records that have been listed as private. Tighter South Carolina regulations have made it more difficult for adoptees in the state like Mullen to have access to records that have been listed as private.
"What it comes back to is a basic human right issue," Mullen explained. "Once you are an adult, you have the right to know where you come from, who you come from, and who you are." "What it comes back to is a basic human right issue," Mullen explained. "Once you are an adult, you have the right to know where you come from, who you come from, and who you are."
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - An Horry County man is hoping someone has the key to unlock his family history. 

Lucas Mullen is using social media to find his birth parents, and he explains that finding out who he is has been a difficult journey, but one is not giving up. 

"I have wonderful siblings, and growing up an adoptive family and love them to death, but obviously nobody really looked like me, and then having had children myself they actually resembled me," said the father of two. 

Mullen now lives in Myrtle Beach, but he was born in Conway back in 1966; his birth mother arranged a private adoption when he was born, but now he searching for answers to learn more about her.

Mullen said his adoptive father died a few years ago, but his adoptive mother has been very supportive of his journey to understand his roots.

Mullen said he wanted to know about his medical history, and his children having his facial features also inspired him to want to know: who exactly did he get his characteristics from?

"The attorney that they used was also a friend, Franklin Burroughs, a very prominent attorney in town and he had coordinated with Dr. HC Brooks, who was the attending physician who delivered me so, if I were able to pick either their brains right now that would be helpful - unfortunately, they are both deceased," explained Mullen.

Mullen is receiving help from social media. He said his wife recently made a post on Facebook with Mullen's picture, details about his birth, and possible leads about his birth parents. The post has received more than 1,000 shares. 

Mullen said he has been able to make connections with people through Facebook. He adds that with the help of his wife, he has spend countless hours researching his ancestry. He said he has spent time in the library archives, internet, and studying DNA and archaeological findings, looking for clues.

The Old Conway Hospital, which used to sit at 9th Street and Bell Street in Conway, was his place of birth. Mullen has been unsuccessful finding the hospital records linked to his birth. The hospital no longer exists; it is the new Conway Public Safety Building, but across the street is something that is familiar to Mullen. 

He said doctor office buildings still stand from when he was a baby, the attending physician and pediatrician that he visited were located in those buildings, but the records he needed are not.  

Mullen thought the Horry County Courthouse would have the one document needed, but even that has been unattainable. Mullen said it's listed under lost records. 

"There will always be some documents, a paper trail, certainly an original birth certificate, certainly a consent document that a birth mother or birth parent would sign, and possibly some other legal type documents," Mullen added.

Trying to connect with his family has been met with opposition. Tighter South Carolina regulations have made it more difficult for adoptees in the state like Mullen to have access to records that have been listed as private.

"I've talked to investigators, Search Angels, and a lot of other folks that have reinforced how difficult a search for particularly a private adoption in South Carolina would be, and really what it comes back to is bigger than me and my situation. What it comes back to is a basic human right issue," Mullen explained. "Once you are an adult, you have the right to know where you come from, who you come from, and who you are."

Mullen said when it comes to a private adoption, the court has to make a ruling. He stated he has only known orders for private adoption documents to be released under what the court calls a good cause. Mullen explained an emergency or a medical situation would be considered a good cause. 

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