Woman Reunited with Mother After 50-Year Search

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MyHeritage user Faith Loftesness of Colorado was adopted as a baby at a hospital in 1957 in Albany, New York. She was nine when she learned she was adopted. Then she began looking for her biological parents, wanting to know more about where she came from. Her 50-year search finally ended when she recently reunited with her biological mother, thanks to MyHeritage DNA.

Watch the emotional reunion here:

Along the way, Faith hit many brick walls and dead-ends. She resigned herself to the fact that it just wasn’t meant to be.

Nine years ago, her daughter Aimee Campanella decided to take over, and help her mother make headway in her search. Three years ago, Aimee bought Faith a DNA kit for Mother’s Day. She uploaded Faith’s DNA data to MyHeritage to expand the chances of matching with family.

Initially, there were no close matches. But one day, they were surprised with a high-confidence match to a woman, 82, in Albany, where Faith was adopted. The estimated relationship was “mother.” Aimee contacted the woman, Marcia, to learn more about her story.

Marcia Mastroianni was 22, a single mom who wanted to give her daughter a better life and gave her up for adoption. She thought of Faith so many times over the years, but the adoption was closed through the Catholic Church, and Marcia wasn’t able to find her.

Faith and Aimee flew to Albany to meet Marcia for a special reunion.

Faith couldn’t believe that after all these years, her dream was finally coming true.

I don’t know how to describe it. You stand there and you’re like number one, in disbelief, this can’t be happening.

Aimee noticed so many similarities between her mother and grandmother.

I’m sitting back with them, watching them, and they both talk with their hands. They both lick their lips, they giggle when they’re nervous. Yeah, it’s pretty amazing.

Faith understands why Marcia decided to place her for adoption all those years ago.

She made a choice totally out of love, because she knew I was not going to have a good life at that point.

Faith’s message to everyone who is still searching for family members is to never give up hope, even if it takes decades. For now, Faith, Marcia, and Aimee are all so happy to have found one another and to make the most of the time that they have together.

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  • Brenda Palmer


    February 15, 2019

    Hi, thank you for reuniting birthmothers and children. I am searching for my birth son, who I gave up in November, 1967, in Rochester, NY. Thru Catholic Charities .
    I did my DNA thru you. If he does his, would we be matched? Can I apply for your help? Thank you
    Brenda Palmer ( maiden name Willson)
    720 236 0436
    Plmbren4@aol.com

  • Milli Hutchinson


    February 15, 2019

    I also did my DNA and found my family 49 Years after being put up for adoption, at the age of 3, after the death of my mother. I discovered that I was the fifth of six children. My younger brother and is stayed together and my 4 older siblings stayed together and my teenaged half sister was never adopted. I now have such a large family that I can not count them all. We had two family reunions in 2018. They were set up on such short notice that few family members were able to attend so another has been set for 2020 so many more can attend. I recommend that anyone looking for lost family try doing their DNA.

  • Martina Pullen


    February 16, 2019

    Is it quite possible to prove with your DNA analysis whether a half sibling ( sharing same father ) is indeed your half sibling ??

  • Rhonda winn


    February 16, 2019

    Fantastic
    I too am searching for my biological father.
    I have done DNA testing but no results except cousins.
    PLEASE help me.

  • john


    February 17, 2019

    I was adopted at 6 months of age at queen of angels hospital in los angeles California in 1941 believe mother went to la high school and was possible future actress,please help….john

  • Jennifer Davies


    February 17, 2019

    Would like to find my father and brother but do not have any names

  • Jody Stahlbrodt


    February 19, 2019

    I am looking for my biological parents, and possible siblings as well… All I have matched is distant cousins… Is there anything else I can do?? I was adopted from Hillside Childrens Center in Rochester New York…in 1962…I would love help…Thank You.

  • Barbara Hasty


    February 20, 2019

    November 24,1959 my daughter was born at a hospital in Mesa, Arizona. She was adopted immediately by a Texas couple who likely resided in Lubbock, Texas. I have searched every resource and hoped when I joined MyHeritage the DNA records would finally result in our meeting. This week I will have my 81st birthday. My fondest wish would be to meet my only daughter.

  • Cherie Melton. /Leaver


    February 20, 2019

    I am a mother of three boys that were adopted all to the same family they are all 18and older I know their in farifield ca but I have not been able to find them I’m pretty sure their names are changed even their first name cause no one has herd of them I’ve waited 17years to find them and now I’ve found out I have a brain tumor I really need to know how there doing if anything at all it would give me a peice of mind knowing they are happy and that I never stopped looking I love them very much ,u c two have autisum so it’s hard to say they even know to look for me please can u give me some idea what to do I’m at a dead end thank u so much God bless all who seeks out their loved ones