Nora Gateley

    Nora Gateley today
Adopted from Guangdong China at age 12 in 1999 by Mike and Patty McLaughlin of Largo, Florida. McLaughlins had 4 other children (2 adopted, 2 bio). and homeschooled Nora. Nora's leg had been crippled by polio so she wore a brace. Slightly over a year later, at age 14, she was driven to Tennessee by her adoptive father to live with Tom and Debra Schmitz. Schmitz' later adopted her. She was with that family 3 years before authorities removed the all children from the home due to child abuse.(As a young adult, she lived with the Gateley family and took their name.)

Date: 2001-01-01

Agencies involved

Organizations: probably Harrah Family Services or TediBear Adoptions


Largo, Florida
United States
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