"I feel grateful to have the family I have always been searching for." Llinda Carrie, Miami
Llinda Carrie, 35, from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, had been waiting to meet her biological family her entire life. She had grown up with one baby picture that had the name of her biological mom, but no other information to go on.
After spending many years searching for her mom, Llinda decided her best chance to discover family was through a MyHeritage DNA test.
After purchasing the kit and getting her results just a few weeks later, Llinda was excited to receive a DNA match with Rafael Moreno, from Miami. Based on the information on the back of her photo, Llinda and Rafael quickly made the connection that Llinda is Rafael’s biological niece.
Rafael explained to Llinda that his sister, Llinda’s biological mother, had given birth at age 21 and was unequipped to care for Llinda. She knew the best thing she could do was to give her up for adoption so that she could be raised by a loving family.
Although Llinda’s biological mom passed away in 2009 from natural causes, Rafael’s mom, Llinda’s grandmother, is still alive, and was delighted to learn about Llinda and very eager to meet her.
Rafael invited Llinda to fly down to Miami to meet them along with the extended biological family, her three aunts, and many cousins.
In May, Llinda and her adoptive mom flew to Miami to meet her biological family for the first time.
Watch their emotional reunion at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport.
Rafael is so grateful to Llinda’s adopted mother for raising Llinda when his sister could not. He explained that his sister and the family always had Llinda’s best interests in mind.
Rafael explains, “Since Llinda was given up for adoption, we thought about her often, wondering what she was doing and hoping that she was well and being taken care of by a great family.”
Llinda marvels at the instant bonds that she has formed with both her uncle and grandmother. Although sad that she didn’t have the opportunity to meet her own biological mother, Llinda has taken comfort in meeting her grandmother and the extended family.
Llinda feels grateful to now have the family she has always been searching for, bringing a sense of closure that she hadn’t experienced prior. She plans on returning to Miami in July with her son to meet the rest of the family.