The Perfect Adoptee And Birth Mother Reunion

Many adoptees dream of having the perfect birth mother reunion — to find that missing person and connect with them, and begin a new, amazing relationship with someone they have wondered about for years. Well for Traci Bartelt, 37, and Karen Shrewsberry, the perfect reunion was just a phone call away.

Traci thought about searching for her birth mother many a time. But it wasn’t until original birth certificates were unsealed in Indiana that Traci became serious about her search for her birth mother.

Traci called Karen twice, both with no answer. On the third call, someone picked up, but there was only silence. Traci, wanting to break the silence, said, “Karen? This may be the strangest phone call you’ll ever receive, but I have reason to believe that I may be your daughter.”

From there it was history. Karen and Traci have had the perfect adoptee and birth mother reunion–growing close as a family.

Read the rest of Traci and Karen’s story here.

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Crystal started in the adoption community as an intern for From there she became the content manager, and has recently moved to become a content specialist. Crystal has been touched by the hundreds of articles she's read and edited from all members of the adoption triad. In her free time she loves to spend too much time on Instagram, hike around Oregon, and hang out with her husband. Show her pictures of your puppies or share some salt and vinegar chips with her, and you've got a friend for life.

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