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Molly's Movie

by Laural Porter

Posted on February 14, 2007 at 5:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

If you get a chance this weekend, check out some of the films at the Portland International Film Festival.
I want to recommend one, especially close to me, "Where's Molly?"
The movie was shot, written and produced by Jeff and Cindy Daly.
Jeff grew up in Astoria and now lives in Northern California, but still spends much time at his home in Seaside.

"Where's Molly?", as I've told you about here in this blog before, is the story of Jeff's search for his long-lost sister, Molly.

They were separated when Jeff was six years old and Molly was three.
She had been diagnosed as developmentally disabled, and as often happened in the 1950's, doctors recommended she be institutionalized.

Molly spent more than four decades at the Fairview Hospital and Training Center in Salem. It was called then, "The Institution for The Feeble Minded."


{Molly Jo Daly, age 11, at Fairview Center in Salem)

When Jeff's parents died three years ago, Jeff went on a search for Molly and found her at a group home in Hillsboro.

Jeff's movie chronicles his search for Molly, their reunion, and the changing attitudes about the care and rights of those with mental disabilities.

Since we first ran our story on Jeff's search for Molly in 2005, another family has been reunited because of their story.

Jeff West was watching our newscast in 2005.
He told me when he saw our story, he turned to his wife and said, "I have a brother who was in Fairview."

West called me, and I put him in touch with Jeff Daly. Daly helped West find his brother, Ricky, now living in a group home in Baker City.

They now stay in frequent contact, visting often, sending Ricky pictures and cards.
Jeff West's sister, Barbara told me,

"Our family now feels complete."

If you'd like to see more about the West family reunion, watch our story on Where's Molly? on Click on News and Special Reports.

Also, be sure to catch Jeff Daly's hour long film documentary, "Where's Molly?", we have a link to on our website

(Jeff and Molly in Pioneer Courthouse Square, February 2007)

Jeff, Cindy, and Molly Daly along with the West family have reinforced for me the notion that regardless of a family member's capability, it is spirit and love that's most important, and in the end, that's what binds a family.