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Mar 4, 2011

U.S. Marine of Mayan descent wants to meet biological parents

Cases of Belizean children who have ended up in the United States under questionable circumstances have been revealed in our newscast in the past two weeks. Tonight, we have the story of one more Belizean who was adopted by American nationals from his Belizean parents. But Philip Tysinger isn’t one of those suspect cases; he is a US Marine, who came back to the Jewel as part of the Navy’s Southern Partnership Mission and is now hoping to meet his biological family. Philip says he doesn’t know much about where he came from, except that he left Belize in the early eighties when a woman named Shelly Kellog had been facilitating adoptions in Central America. He was raised by David and Teresa Tysinger of North Carolina and according to Philip, he has a good life, but wants to learn more about his background. Philip spoke to the media today with the hopes that his family in Punta Gorda might recognize him and make contact.

Lance Cpl. Philip Tysinger, Looking for Biological Family

“I was adopted at a young age—I was an infant—and then brought to the Americas; the United States. I’ve never been back before and I’m twenty-eight years old right now and I joined the US Marines and they just so happened to come down to do the Southern Partnership with Colombia, Guatemala and Belize and I wanted to be here so bad.”

Delahnie Bain

“How did you know that you’re from Belize?”

Lance Cpl. Philip Tysinger

Philip Tysinger

“My foster family told me I was from Punta Gorda, Belize and that I was Mayan and that’s all I know really. So I really don’t have a big background to go on but I looked a lot different from my foster family because they’re all white.”

Delahnie Bain

“And how long have you been searching or trying to get in contact with your family?”

Lance Cpl. Philip Tysinger

“I haven’t been searching that long. It just so happened that a security guard at the docks here in Belize City, she took wind of my story and she got really interested and she knew that the media was coming here today and she wanted me to see if I could—cause in Belize they say the family is very close and I wanted to start looking for them.  I don’t regret anything. My life was a beautiful life. I have wonderful parents; I have two more adopted brothers and sisters so my whole family is pretty much adopted. My brother and sister were adopted from Honduras. I’ve lived a great life; they’ve given me—they’ve clothed me, they fed meme, they’ve given me an education and I guess that’s what every family would want and I hope that my birth family would notice that I didn’t suffer, I had a great life and I’m not mad at them, I don’t regret anything.”

Delahnie Bain

“Is there anything else you’d like to say to them should they be watching this report?”

Lance Cpl. Philip Tysinger

“Just hello and I’d like to meet them and maybe have some dinner and talk about our journey together. I’m usually a big talker but being here; I’ve been very emotional, very taken aback by how friendly everyone has been. It just feels like I’m home and I feel like a part of me was missing there in the states; I’m different, my family looks different than I do and now that I’m back here I feel like there’s a home for me that I can actually call my own.”

If any of Philip’s family members recognize him from this interview, he can be reached via e-mail at philiptysinger@yahoo.com. Philip says he will return to Belize in the summer, perhaps for his honeymoon since he was deployed soon after he got married a few months ago.  He hopes to learn more about his culture and language.

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23 Responses for “U.S. Marine of Mayan descent wants to meet biological parents”

  1. Elgin Martinez says:

    Come on Marine have some integrity.What you’re saying doesn’t make any sense and your case is no different than those other kids in Belize.If your adoption was legitimate your faster parents would have documentation stating who your biological parents are.Come on Channel 5 you guys need to get to the battom of this case.It’s no coincidence that all this corruption is brought to light.

  2. cg says:

    that is so sweet. i hope he finds his family.

  3. Elgin Martinez says:

    Until someone from the Government can show the Belizean people documentation that this young man was legaly adopted we’ve got every right to assume that he was a victim of the trafficking scheme that was taking place in the Jewel.And Kudos to Philip for bringing his story out God is working none of this is coincidence it also shows the level of coruption that’s been plaguing the Jewel.

  4. Lisamarie says:

    This story is very touching. I don’t see why I hear negativity here. The man seems to only have benefited from being adopted and we don’t know if it was legally or illegally done. It is clear that he was not enslaved. I’m glad for him. I don’t believe that all Americans who adopt children are doing so to make them suffer. Let’s try not to judge every situation as the same.

  5. r.i.b says:

    hope phillip find his family. and thanks to his adopted parent who am sure gave him a great life .but there is nothing like knowing wgere u came from .good luck sir.and thanks for all u done for the safty of all of us.

  6. Rizzo says:

    What is a faster parents? I want one!!!

  7. vigilante justice 316 says:

    hope you find your bio-family. good luck!

  8. Lynden woodye says:

    I would hope that someone would b nice and assist that us marine soldier fine his real mother and father.he has all right ,i am so proud of him.i salute u.

  9. EMS says:

    In the US it is generally kept from children who were adopted, in terms of who their bio-famllies are. I have worked in adoptions for many years,and based on my experience this kind of info, was always kept away from adopted children. Fortunately, in the case of this young man it appears he has had a positive experience with his adoptive parents. Good luck.

  10. RG Belizean says:

    @ Rizzo LOL

  11. CEO says:

    Can we just welcome our Belizean back to the fold and let him make the connections he needs to feel complete.

    Deal with the legalities later. he is hapy with his journey and his parents did not hide anything from him so can the nay sayers just back up and shut up for just a minute?

  12. Vicky says:

    At least they told Phil where his parents are from. Hope he will find his bio-parents. Good Luck Phil! And May God continue to shine his light on you.

  13. Elgin Martinez says:

    For you who are new to this forum let me just inform you all that i am not here to live up to anyone’s expectation.My purpose on this forum is to ask the hard questions that some of you are afraid to ask.Freedom is not cheap my Belizean people.Everything comes with a price.Let’s stop take things for granted.And thanks for the correctionProfessor Rizzo when did Channel 5 authorize you to proofread of this forum?Just curious Lol.

  14. Elgin Martinez says:

    Let’s keep our focus on the real issue which is to stop the trafficking of our Belizean Children.

  15. spanglish says:

    I agree that there are very good adoptive parents in this world, sometimes children get the best with adoptive parents than with real biological parents.

  16. Elgin Martinez says:

    Spanglish: How these children were treated by their adoptive parents still doesn’t change the fact that some of them were trafficked.

  17. spanglish says:

    elgin, have you ever ask yourself why mother give up their children? I listen to all these news lately about trafficking of children, and after so many years why mothers come up with this stories? The latest couple have not seen their son for over 15 years, where were they? Why until now? I mean, its hard for me to really comprehend that part! To me they consensually gave up their children, what I consider trafficking is when a child is taken away forcefully from the parents. What I would consider with this recent cases is child abuse!!

  18. Arline E says:

    i Hope that your biological parent r watching or some relative who know that they put u up for adoption, and would make a call or come up front an say there names an some proof of identification. I do hope u find your parents.

  19. Elgin Martinez says:

    Spanglish: Valid point family i do agree that some on these people consesually gave up their children consuensually.However giving a way someone consensually doesn’t necessarily make it legal.

  20. spanglish says:

    Elgin, but adoption is legal if done through proper channels, like I mention previously we do have loving adoptive parents, the problem is when the child is abuse, and this can happen with adoptive parents and biological parent.

  21. B Groovy says:

    Dispite our difference on the blog, i think we would like to see a happy ending to story . Good luck marine….

  22. E. Samuels says:

    @ Elgin Martinez this isn’t a forum it is just a comment section. A forum has a dedicated section with different topics as well as a real membership. Besides that I agree with your point on this whole questionable issue.

  23. Elgin Martinez says:

    E.Samuels:I’ve got no problem with your correction however you didn’t leave a definition of the word forum so how do i know that your argument is valid?

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