MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - An Alabama woman adopted more than 30 years ago has finally been reunited with her birth mother. The desperate search came to an end after she uploaded her DNA to a website. Now her story is getting national attention.
Wetumpka resident Meribeth Blackwell had waited for that moment all her life, meeting her birth mother for the first time. And when it happened, it was live for a national audience on ABC's Good Morning America.
"I was shocked," Blackwell admitted. "I never dreamed that any of this would ever happen. I had gotten in my head that it would never happen and I would just have to be ok."
It was 31 years that Blackwell was put up for adoption by her mother, who was just 19 at the time. At 6-weeks-old the little girl was adopted by a couple in Alabama.
"My parents are so grateful for the opportunity she gave them because they couldn't have children," Blackwell said. But for years she searched for her mother, each time hitting a dead end.
Everything changed a few months ago when she uploaded her DNA to a website called MyHeritage.
"On a Sunday night I logged back into MyHeritage account," she recalled. "There she was, my birth mother."
Being given this opportunity has forever changed her life for the good.
"It has been such a relief to finally get to see where I came from and what happened and why she had to give me up for adoption," she said.
As a wife and mother of two boys and a girl, Blackwell's focus is her family and she continues to get to know her mother and her three siblings. She says they've talked almost every day since the reunion and they're hoping to be able to spend the holidays together this year.