Thanks To Adoptees’ Birthright Act, Woman Finds Eight Siblings

She thought she was an only child.

Ashley Foster August 14, 2017
article image

As of January 2017, the Adoptees’ Birthright Act allows adult adoptees born or adopted in New Jersey access to their original birth certificate through the Registrar of Vital Statistics. The fruition of the new law is allowing for many joyous reunions.

One such joyous reunion was Ellen Brotschol Noble’s, who has been able to experience these benefits firsthand. She was told at the age of nine that she was adopted. She had always wondered where she had come from, but never had access to any of the information. Thanks to this new law, she was able to get answers. When she received her original birth certificate, it showed that she had four siblings. She then searched for her mother’s name online and found an obituary from 2010 and found that it had the names of the four siblings listed.

After some deliberation, she decided to reach out to them. She wrote a letter to each. “I’m not looking to disrupt your family. I don’t want anything. Here’s a picture in case of any resemblance, I think we might be related,” she said in her note.

Her sister, Michelle Carlson, was ecstatic when she read the letter. She immediately knew deep down that this was her sister. The two decided to take DNA tests and were able to confirm that they were in fact siblings. Ellen was then shocked to find out that her father had four children from his first marriage as well. She went from spending 60 years as an only child to being one of nine children in the blink of an eye. Five of her newfound siblings live nearby in New Jersey. Just like that, her family grew exponentially. She is so excited to have found her family and thankful that they have welcomed her with open arms.

Read the original story here.

author image

Ashley Foster

Ashley Foster is a freelance writer. She is a wife and mother of two currently residing in Florida. She loves taking trips to the beach with her husband and sons. As an infant, she was placed with a couple in a closed adoption. Ashley was raised with two sisters who were also adopted. In 2016, she was reunited with her biological family. She advocates for adoptees' rights and DNA testing for those who are searching for family. Above all, she is thankful that she was given life. You can read her blog at

Need help from a search & reunion professional?

Love this? Want more?

Claim Your FREE Adoption Summit Ticket!

The #1 adoption website is hosting the largest, FREE virtual adoption summit. Come listen to 50+ adoption experts share their knowledge and insights.

Members of the adoption community are invited to watch the virtual summit for FREE on September 23-27, 2019, or for a small fee, you can purchase an All-Access Pass to get access to the summit videos for 12 months along with a variety of other benefits.

Get Your Free Ticket