Within months of his birth Alan was placed with his first foster family. Sadly his mother was an alcoholic and he’s never met his dad who was gone long before Alan was born. Alan didn’t meet his mother again until he was five, however she had no interest in getting to know her son or being part of his life but yet wouldn’t allow him to be adopted. So he remained in foster care.
Gerard was living in an ordinary house in an ordinary suburb; doing all the usual things a father does—going to work every day, taking his three boys to the playground, picking them up after football—just the normal stuff every dad does. The family wasn’t overly flush but between his job and the part-time job his wife Elaine had they made ends meet and even went on holidays from time to time.