Against All Odds, Korean Adoptee and Her Birth Mother Reunite

When Sun Cha placed her daughter in an orphanage hoping to give her a better life, she never thought she'd see her again.

Denalee Chapman June 16, 2016

At 10 months old, Cyndy was placed in a Korean orphanage. Her mother could not care for her and she hoped that, by letting go of her, her daughter would have a better life. Cyndy grew up in Connecticut and traveled to Korea a year ago to begin her search, but to no avail.

“I made peace with the fact that I’d probably never find her,” Cyndy told CBS News. But she didn’t give up. Cyndy could hardly believe it when a DNA sample came back connecting her with Sun Cha who was living on the west coast of the United States. “It says 99.99 percent she is your biological mother. I just so much wanted it to be true,” said Cyndy.

We hear of joyful, tearful, tender reunifications often. This one is special because we also get to see it. CBS News was present when the mother and daughter met for the first time. And then they sat down and talked with the two of them. This video is worth the few minutes you’ll spend watching it! Heartwarming, indeed!

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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