Man Adopted at Birth Floored When He Learns Bio Dad Was Already His Friend on Facebook


Two Wisconsin truck drivers are embarking on a new adventure after discovering they are biologically related as father and son.

Nathan Boos and Robert Degaro had been working together for two years, and were friends on Facebook, but didn’t know they were related.

Boos did know that he had been adopted as a newborn.

He never inquired about his biological parents, and his adoptive parents did not freely share the information they had.

“Growing up, you know, I always knew that I was adopted,” Boos told WEAU. “It just never crossed my mind that I’d ever find my parents.”

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Boos is an adult now, working as a truck driver at Rock Solid Transport in Chippewa Falls.

One day, seemingly out of the blue, Boos’ adoptive mother told her son about his biological father. She said the two were already friends on Facebook.

“She just went on my Facebook and went through my friends list and brought up his picture,” Boos said. “And I said, ‘Get out of here.'”

The information led Boos to broach the delicate subject with the coworker who was also his biological dad. When Degaro realized that Boos was his son, he was shocked.

Degaro explained that difficult circumstances in his earlier years led to the decision that placing Boos in adoptive care was the most loving and responsible thing to do.

“Back then I wasn’t much of a dad,” Degaro said.

“His biological mom had chosen the adoptive parents — and like he said, because they were somewhat related, distant cousins, I believe — but I didn’t know that.”

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Now, the two are cultivating a friendship, figuring out what it looks like to be father and son after a lifetime apart.

While at times, it can feel awkward and uncomfortable knowing how to act, the men aren’t worried about having it all figured out.

Knowing the truth about one another has brought a satisfying peace to their lives after decades of mystery. Both men are glad that everything is now out in the open.

“We’re just taking it one day at a time, one mile at a time, as we say,” Boos said.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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