Kelly had a very pivotal moment in her life when she was only 6 years old. This was the day that her parents sat her and her brother down and told them that they were both adopted. Even though Kelly was so young she clearly remembers the importance of this day because it was at that moment where she realized that life wasn’t what she thought it was. No matter how loving Kelly’s adoptive parents were, she could never get the question of, "Who am I?" out of her mind. Kelly’s adoptive mother was always supportive and told her that when she was old enough she would help her search, however when Kelly was 15, her adoptive mother lost her battle with ovarian cancer. Losing her mother at such a young age fueled the fire inside Kelly to begin her search; however it has not been an easy road. Like most adoptees’ trying to search for their birth parents, Kelly has found the typical road blocks that the social services and court systems present with closed adoptions; which is that they can’t disclose any information. In Kelly’s determination, she was delighted to find the attorney who handled her adoption only to be told that there was nothing she could do and that she should just give up. For Kelly giving up isn’t an option and she remains hopeful that Troy and his team can be the ones to reunite her with her birth mother.
The Searcher - Kelly - Seeking Birth Mother - Kelly was adopted into a family where she was very much wanted. From the time that her parents unveiled the truth, her mother was always very open about discussing the adoption with her and promised to help her search for her birthmother when she was ready. Finding her birth mother means having a second chance at having the mother/ daughter relationship she lost so long ago.
The Searchee – Christine- Kelly’s Birth Mother - Troy located a registry match for Kelly’s birth mother, Christine, who currently lives in Davenport, Iowa. She is a retired accountant, married to her husband Richard, who is a Supervisor for Kraft Foods. Christine is thrilled that she and her daughter have been looking for each other because she finally gets to live up to the promise that she made to her baby 39 years ago; that she would see her again.
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