Found: One Woman’s Story Of Finding Her Birth Family Through Facebook

“To stand and hold a sign and say, ‘I’m looking for my mommy’ is humiliating at age 41. But I really thought this was it. It was the last idea that I had.”

Mary wanted to find her birth family. So after hitting dead end after dead end in her search, she took a picture of herself holding a sign describing the facts she knew about her adoption and launched a campaign to get that picture seen by as many people as she possibly could.

11,440 shares and 53 days later, Mary’s biological brother Mark saw the post and reached out to her. Sadly, their mother had already passed away.

“When I found out that Joanne had passed away, there was just overwhelming grief that the person I had looked for for so long, I was never ever ever going to be able to see,” Mary said. “But then I had to be happy because Mark and Nicky are here and I can still get to know things about my mom from them.”

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Rachel Skousen

Rachel has a long-held passion for adoption that was sealed through her work as the content manager at She currently works as a content specialist at, finding and sharing amazing adoption content from across the web. She is a mom of three and loves reading and napping in her spare time.

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