After 23 years apart, a woman found her birth mother on Facebook in just 15 minutes, TODAY.com reports.
Natalie Bader was given up for adoption in 1991 by her then 24-year-old mother, Colette Brasseur. Brasseur had joined the Army and later discovered she was pregnant. She decided to do an open adoption with Rosie and Don Bader.
The Baders kept in touch with Brasseur for a time, sending her photos of Natalie, and, as a condition of the open adoption, Brasseur gave them letters they could share with her daughter. One letter explained why she had chosen to give up Natalie for adoption, and another included photos that had been taken of mother and daughter shortly after Natalie's birth, as well as identifying details in case she ever wanted to find her birth mother.
But they lost touch over the years. Two decades later, the Baders felt their daughter was ready to handle reading the letters. Natalie Bader did a search on Facebook using information in the letters and within 15 minutes tracked down Brasseur and her 21-year-old son Peyton.
Bader said she grew up in a loving home, but always had questions about her identity.
"When you're adopted and don’t know your biological family, there's a big question mark of who you are and where you came from," [Bader] said.
In December Bader and Brasseur had their first Facebook conversation and both families have become close.
This Sunday will be the first Mother’s Day since the two reconnected.