An adopted child changes a family forever. Families and adoptees have learned that it's not just family photos that change — but entire family trees, family traditions and family stories that are altered by an adopted child's own story.
This week's series of conversations on adoption in America generated a number letters from listeners, including this one from Amie Pfeifer in San Francisco:.
"When I was 17 years old, I gave my daughter up for adoption. I physically handed my daughter over to her 'parents' when she was 3 days old. It was the happiest and saddest day of my life.
"I have begun craving knowledge of my daughter, but ... I've made a promise to her and to myself that it must be her choice if we are ever to meet.
"To my great pleasure, Google came along and ... I've been able to follow my daughter's achievements ..., I was able to look in on her life and know without a doubt that I did right by her.
"One day she wrote on her MySpace page that she is very excited to meet her biological parents .... I long for the day to meet this incredible person that I had the privilege of bringing into this world."