08:19 PM EDT 05/22/2015
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.
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.
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.
Originally posted 04/29/2015 04:10PM
Davion Only Going wants people to know that his first name means "beloved."
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."
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.
Originally posted 04/15/2015 06:40PM
One early morning in 1999, while sitting in her trailer at Paramount Studios, Kate Mulgrew got the call she'd been waiting two decades to receive: "Hello, Kate? This is Danielle."
Originally posted 03/31/2015 01:15AM
"It's been an absolute gift and we're utterly besotted," the Oscar winner says of having a new baby at home
Originally posted 12/03/2014 05:45PM
[BRIGHTCOVE "20878346" "" "" "auto"] Melissa and Scott Groves never had to think about whether or not they'd adopt more children; the answer was always "yes."
Originally posted 12/30/2014 12:30PM
For PEOPLE staff writer Steve Helling, the moment of clarity came in a makeshift clinic outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
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