Video: “I Never Thought I’d Find Him”: Birth Father and Daughter Reunite

“Baby, we’ve got a lot to make up for,” said Katherine’s dad on the day they met.

Denalee Chapman June 09, 2016

There’s nothing quite like a sweet reunification. And being able to capture it on video . . . what a gift! “Even though we are loved, we have great family . . . there’s a disconnect when we don’t know our past,” says 53-year-old adoptee, Katherine Benoit-Schwartz.

With the support of her adoptive family, Katherine searched for her birth parents. Devastated when she was rejected by her birth mother’s family, she was not daunted. Katherine continued searching for her birth father. It was through DNA that Katherine was able to find her father who didn’t even know she existed. And Good Housekeeping was there for the reunion. “Baby, we’ve got a lot to make up for,” said Katherine’s dad on the day they met.

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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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