I Started Out as a Small Adopted Child
I got very lucky and met a reporter who was interested in my adoption story and in searching for my birth family through DNA testing. The reporter, Kristen Shamus, is a fellow French Canadian — we met at a French Canadian Heritage Society in Michigan meeting! Ms Shamus is a very thorough investigator. I really appreciate all the time she spent interviewing the various DNA testing companies and following the process that an adoptee in search of their birth family goes through. Her article is helping to spread the word — about my adoption in specific — but about the minions of adoptees and birth parents looking for their ancestry and lost birth families. I learned a lot through her investigation. Kristen is a very warm person and easy to talk to, and has a very sharp mind. If you ever have the pleasure of working with her, you’ll find she is very good at getting to the heart of the matter without stepping on your feelings.
I also want to thank Mandi Wright, the photographer that made me look better than real life and who was enthusiastic and supportive of me looking for my family too.