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 By Pamela Lannom    News

Finding birth family starts new chapter

I've known I was adopted for as long as I can remember. My birth mother loved me so much, my mom would tell me often, that she gave me up to make sure I would have a good home. And... — Updated 2/23/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Detective work pays off for one adoptee

When Jackie Pyle of Hinsdale began searching for her birth mother in 1989, the only clue she had was her full maiden name. Resources like and 23andme were yet to be... — Updated 2/16/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Curiosity prompts search for birth mom

Mary Catalano still has "The Chosen Baby" book her parents gave her for Christmas in 1966 to help her understand adoption. "To our chosen baby, precious Mary Margaret. All our love,... — Updated 2/16/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    News

McGue finds more than she searched for

A disconcerting mammogram reading prompted Julie McGue to search for her birth family, with the hopes of learning her medical history. The five-year search process generated much... — Updated 2/10/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    News

DNA tests offers answers for adoptee

Were it not for his daughter, Bill Lewis might never have found his birth family. Four years ago, when she was a senior in high school, Mary Claire came to her father with a simple... — Updated 2/9/2022

 By Pamela Lannom    News

Woman opens heart to birth family

When Alisa Messana was a sophomore at Elmhurst College, she got a call she never expected to receive. The woman on the phone identified herself as a volunteer for Truth Seekers in... — Updated 2/2/2022


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