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Who are you and what do you do?

I am 26 years old, graduated from Kutztown University and I am an associate producer at QVC in Pennsylvania

Tell us about your adoption story

I was an open adoption; adopted as a baby. My biological parents were both young-my mom was 13 when I was born and my dad was 16. My biological parents and my adoptive parents agreed to stay in contact with each other after I was born and my biological parents wrote letters to my parents and me as I grew up. I had a very positive upbringing with my adoptive parents constantly telling me how much my birth parents loved me and when I was 16, I finally read these letters that were always written to me. I found out that my birth parents had stayed together, got married when they were older, and had two more children. At 18, on Fourth of July weekend, after a lot of emailing and texting and talking back and forth, my biological family came to my home town and I met them for the first time. Ever since I have become incredibly close to my birth family and we constantly talk to each other and every year I visit them for a week or so. It’s been 5+ years since we met face to face and my birth mom has come to my college graduation, I’ve met other members of my birth family, I can see my siblings grow up and they are as much part of my life as my adoptive family is.

What is one thing you wish more people knew about adoption?

It’s an incredibly positive and loving experience that people don’t seem to realize. However it’s come to be, it’s all about love and growing a family. People severely underestimate the love an adoptive family has to give and wants to give.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us

I have traveled to 14 different national parks across North America and travel all over the country multiple times.

What is your personal philosophy?

Try to put yourself in other peoples shoes. Everyone is going through something.

Who is your Face of Adoption  ?

The O'Connor Family

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