Skip to content

A Unique and Inspirational Adoption Novel and Screenplay Based on a True Story

"Letters to Stephanie"  Concept Trailer

Scriptwriter Jo-Ann Bierer Wilhelm Shares Unique, Inspirational Adoption Story in "Letters to Stephanie" and the Short Script "The Ultimate Gift"

Both adapted from her novel Where's Stephanie?

Written under her pen name Lenora Livingston

Charleston, S.C. -

A unique, inspirational adoption story about a woman placing clues in Social Services files hoping her granddaughter, who was placed for adoption, will one day follow the clues and find her.

BACKGROUND:  This story begins during a time when pregnancy out of wedlock carried a social stigma. To avoid being shunned and publicly ridiculed, the young women were sent away, many against their will, to find refuge at one of the  many homes for unwed mothers across the nation. The homes expected them to give their babies up for adoption in exchange for living in secrecy while at the home. The services of the homes, which began in the late 1800's, peaked between 1945-1990, during which time over four million unwed mothers were provided refuge. The number of residents  peaked to over 89,000 unwed mothers in the year 1970. More than 90% of them released their babies for adoption. "Letters to Stephanie" is about one child who was adopted under these circumstances and the grandmother's quest for them to one day be reunited.

In 1982, Ian Weber, who is engaged to be married, confesses to his mother, Anna Weber, that Tara Harper, a girl he used to date is pregnant with his child. His choices are abortion, adoption, marry Tara and break his fiancee's heart, or give Tara the stigma of raising an illegitimate child. Tara wants her baby, but decides on abortion. Anna makes a phone call that results in Tara keeping her baby. However, giving into society and family pressures Tara leaves town to live in secret at a home for unwed mothers until Stephanie is born. Tara invites Anna to see Stephanie before she releases her for adoption. Ian asks Social Services for custody, but is told he has no rights. Anna, asks if she can adopt Stephanie, but is told that a grandparent's only right is to put a letter without identifiable information in it in their grandchild's file. Anna places clues in her letter for Stephanie's file hoping that one day, by some miracle, Stephanie will follow the clues and find her. Social Services blackens out part of the letter and discards the two middle pages.

The rest of the story, which spans over the course of several decades in what can only be described as a divine intervention, Stephanie and Anna are placed directly in each other's path over and over again. Even though their families are over a hundred miles apart, their lives are divinely intertwined. An effective drama about the tenacity of family love.

Lenora Livingston

In 1982, Anna's son, Ian....

In 1982, Anna's son, Ian, found out his former girlfriend, Tara, was pregnant, he had four choices. He could marry Tara and break his fiancees heart. Abortion was against his family's beliefs. Having a child out of wedlock was absolutely scandalous. If he didn't marry Tara, she and her child would be shunned and publicly ridiculed. Adoption was an option, but that was his flesh and blood.

Lenora Livingston

Anna got to hold....

Anna got to hold Stephanie to tell her "Hello" and "Goodbye" at the same time before she was placed for adoption.

Lenora Livingston

Anna places clues....

Anna places clues in Stephanie's file at Social Services, hoping that one day, by some miracle, Stephanie will follow the clues and find her.

Lenora Livingston

Each year, Anna....

Each year, Anna places an ad in newspapers wishing Stephanie a Happy Birthday.

Lenora Livingston

Anna maintains....

Anna maintains a mini-photo album with Stephanie's first photos, the newspaper ads wishing her a Happy Birthday, plus other items including Stephanie's biological mother's wedding announcement. Anna's longest running prayer is that one day she will be able to share the album with her granddaughter, so that her granddaughter will know that she was always loved and never forgotten.

Lenora Livingston

Many miles away,....

Many miles away, Claire and Mike, who had tried for ten years to have a child, adopted a baby girl they named Sadie.

Lenora Livingston

Sadie could not....

Sadie could not have been adopted into a better family. She was given much love, guidance and the best opportunities in life with Claire and Mike and their large extended family.

Where’s Stephanie? A Story of Love, Faith, and Courage

by Lenora Livingston is available worldwide in the following formats.

2nd Edition Paperbacks................................................................................ISBN–978-1511737418

Available directly from Amazon at https://amazon.com/dp/1511737417  or from your favorite book seller.

Kindle ........................................................................................Available through Amazon

Audio Tape.................................................................................Available through Audible, iTunes, and Amazon.

First Edition, Limited, Hard Copy with Book Jacket: ISBN 97558-1-4627-4486    AbeBooks.com

First Edition, Limited, Paperback: ISBN 9781462744879      AbeBooks.com

Scroll To Top