Anita Godelli never knew her mother. Abandoned at birth, she was placed in an orphanage and then taken in by a foster family.
At the age of ten, Anita found out she was adopted. She asked her adoptive parents about her birth mother, but they did not tell her anything.
Anita’s difficult childhood was made worse by her inability to find out about her origins.
It was only after her adoptive parents passed away that Anita, who had by this time grown old, asked the local registry office for answers. She received a copy of her birth certificate, but it did not include her birth mother’s name.
After taking legal action, Anita learned that Italian law prevented her from accessing information about her origins because her biological mother wanted her identity kept secret when she gave birth.