Daughter Holds Up Note To Find Birth Mother. Instead, She Finds Secret Family Of Half-Siblings

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Katie Doak of Phoenix, AZ, was adopted when she was just 18 months old because her birth mother was unable to care for her. When she turned 17, her adopted mother decided to help her find her biological mom.

“I’ve been interested in finding her for five years, but the past year has been the main push,” Katie told PEOPLE. “My mom has been supporting me through all of it. ”

Katie held up a sign with a few details about her life, her mother’s name, and a half-sister’s name. She snapped a photo, then posted it to Facebook.

A local news outlet, 12 News, saw the post and interviewed Katie. Hours after the news story was shared on Facebook, an individual messaged Katie with information on her half-sister, Kelsey Wilson. Katie messaged Kelsey and discovered a strange coincidence: A year before, Kelsey had made a similar sign, snapped a photo, and posted it on Facebook in search of Katie. So while Katie was using social media to find her biological family, her half-sister was also doing the same.

“As soon as I read her poster, I instantly ran downstairs and showed my mom and we knew it had to be her,” Katie said. “I cried in disbelief.”

The sisters spoke over the phone and Katie discovered a secret family she never knew existed. She had five more half-siblings, some of whom were being raised by Katie’s grandmother, while others were adopted by an aunt.

Katie may not have found her birth mother, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t find a wonderful new family.

“I’m still kind of trying to process that it happened,” she said. “It feels great.”

Please SHARE this touching reunion with your family and friends on Facebook!

Due to restrictions, this video cannot
be viewed in your region.