The Stratton Family of North Carolina
The Real Story
As so often is the case, reality and fiction diverge. The story of the Mitchells has not yet had a happy ending. Their two eldest sons have been traumatized by the system and withheld from their parents even though they aged out. Their third son found them and was able to reunite with his parents, living with his father and mother until his father died, in late 2011.
Kathy Stratton, the real Helen Mitchell, is still looking for her other children. Finding them, bringing together her family will remain her focus. For her own family, and for others, it has become her life.