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'X-Factor's' Rachel Crow Survived Drug Addicted Birth Mother and Abusive Home, Adoptive Mom Reveals

X Factor Rachel Crow Judges Homes 2011
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"She looks at it as that is what made her the person she is," Barbara Crow says.

To look at the bubbly and expressive Rachel Crow on Fox's The X Factor now, one would never assume that she survived some intense early childhood trauma in an abusive home with a birth mother who was addicted to crack cocaine.

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“In situations like that, it is a little more dangerous, so they keep everything sealed,” Rachel’s adoptive mother, Barbara Crow, tells the New York Post (and a show insider confirms the story to The Hollywood Reporter), about not knowing the identities of Rachel’s birth parents.

“It is not like entering into a typical private adoption. This is where parental rights were terminated, and the child suffered a lot of abuse,” says Barbara. “I would just like 10 minutes with them.”

Rachel came to live with Barbara, a former hospital counselor,  and her husband, Kelly, who owns an excavation business in Boulder, as a foster child at six months old and the couple adopted her a year later. Barbara says Rachel’s rough start hasn't gotten in the way of her becoming a well adjusted child.

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“She is totally unaffected by it,” Barbara says. “She never looks at [her past] in a sad way. She looks at it as that is what made her the person she is.”

Rachel, 13, tells the newspaper that she has no desire to meet her birth parents, saying “I have two amazing parents already.”