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'Every Person Deserves a Home': Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski Lead Star-Studded Fundraiser for Older Foster Kids

'Every Person Deserves a Home': Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski Lead Star-Studded Fundraiser for Older Foster Kids

Originally posted 06/30/2015 11:35AM

Nineteen-year-old Justice Henry says hope is what gets him out of bed every morning.

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'Black or White, We're Glad She's Our Sister,' Say Siblings of Adopted Texas Woman, One Year After They Found Each Other

'Black or White, We're Glad She's Our Sister,' Say Siblings of Adopted Texas Woman, One Year After They Found Each Other

Originally posted 06/29/2015 05:55PM

For more than five minutes, Verda Byrd and Debbie Romero stood in the rain hugging and crying, stunned by the realization that they were lost sisters who had never met.

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72-Year-Old 'Black' Woman Who Discovered She's White Tells PEOPLE: 'I Still Feel Black and That's Not Going to Change'

72-Year-Old 'Black' Woman Who Discovered She's White Tells PEOPLE: 'I Still Feel Black and That's Not Going to Change'

Originally posted 06/24/2015 01:35PM

For more than 70 years, Verda Byrd of Converse, Texas, thought she was black. Her adoptive parents were black and took her to worship at an all-black congregation. Her best friends were black, her boyfriends were black and she has been married twice – both times to black men.

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Decades Later, It's Official: Dallas Woman, 92, Adopts 76-Year-Old as Her Daughter

Originally posted 06/10/2015 11:45PM

[EMBEDCODE {}] "My life has been a beautiful picture, but one piece was missing." That's how Muriel Clayton, 92, explains her desire to formally adopt Mary Smith, 76.

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A Tearful Father and Son Reunion – 60 Years in the Making

A Tearful Father and Son Reunion – 60 Years in the Making

Originally posted 05/19/2015 01:25PM

As an adopted only child, Michael Reed had a happy childhood in Chicago, but he always wondered about his birth father. Was his dad tall and lanky? Did he have brown eyes like his? On May 15, at age 60, a nervous but excited Reed finally found the answers to his lifelong questions.

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Meet the North Dakota Mom Who Raised 73 Children

Meet the North Dakota Mom Who Raised 73 Children

Originally posted 05/10/2015 09:10AM

When 16-year-old Garrett appeared on the doorstep of Joyce Dumont's modest two-bedroom home in Dunseith, North Dakota, last year, it wasn't the first time Dumont had found herself face-to-face with a child in need of a home.

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Former Foster Child Davion Only Finds Permanent Home: 'I Now Have a Big Family'

Former Foster Child Davion Only Finds Permanent Home: 'I Now Have a Big Family'

Originally posted 05/06/2015 03:20PM

Davion Only has lived in over 20 foster homes throughout his life, but now the 17-year-old doesn't just have a permanent home with his new mother and former case worker, Connie Going, he has three siblings to go along with it.

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Teenager Davion Only Adopted After Public Plea: 'I Finally Found My Forever Family'

Teenager Davion Only Adopted After Public Plea: 'I Finally Found My Forever Family'

Originally posted 04/29/2015 04:10PM

Davion Only Going wants people to know that his first name means "beloved."

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Orange Is the New Black's Kate Mulgrew: How I Survived Rape

Orange Is the New Black's Kate Mulgrew: How I Survived Rape

Originally posted 04/17/2015 06:45PM

It was January 1982, and Kate Mulgrew was heading home after drinks with friends. As she entered her Manhattan apartment building, she felt cold steel pressed against her neck, followed by a voice, "Get inside, now."

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OITNB Star Kate Mulgrew's Long-Lost Daughter: 'The First Time I Met My Mom'

OITNB Star Kate Mulgrew's Daughter Talks About Meeting Her Mom for the First Time

Originally posted 04/16/2015 05:00PM

The moment Danielle Gaudette was told who her birth mother was, "My world shrunk into a tunnel," she tells PEOPLE. "It was like 8 a.m., and I was waiting for a taxi to come and take me to work. The phone rang, and this woman said, 'We think we've found a match.' Immediately I'm like ... it's hard to describe. What is it? Fear? Panic? Anxiety? It was definitely adrenaline."

Gaudette, who was 22 at the time, recalls the woman on the phone saying, "We're all so excited at the office. Do you watch Star Trek? It's Captain Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek."

Her mom, of course, is Kate Mulgrew, Emmy-nominated actress of Orange Is the New Black, whose new memoir, Born with Teeth, details the 22-year search for the daughter she gave up for adoption. Now a yoga teacher on the West Coast, Danielle is speaking for the first time about reuniting with her birth mother.

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