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Adopted Daughter Finds Her Birth Mother—And We Couldn't Make Up The Details If We Tried

Updated: Aug 16, 2021

A couple of months ago, Josi, an adoptee from Illinois, set out to find her birth mother. Never in her wildest imaginings could she have predicted what the journey ahead would have in store.

Josi's birth mother (left) in a high school yearbook photo and a recent photo of Josi (right)


Josi, born Dawn Marie, was adopted at birth in Peoria, Illinois, in 1970. She enjoyed a happy childhood and was raised by a loving adopted family. But like so many adoptees we work with, it wasn't until Josi's adopted mother recently passed, that Josi decided to finally dig in and search for her birth mother.

Now, two months to the day since she filled out our form, Josi and her birth mother have been reunited—and it is nothing short of a fairytale.


When she first contacted us, Josi had just received her original birth certificate from the State of Illinois. For the first time in her life, she was holding a piece of paper and staring down at the name of her birth mother: Donna.