Placed for adoption at just 3 days old, Cindy Leppanen grew up in a happy home. Throughout her school years Cindy wondered about her biological roots—especially whenever classwork required family history research.

It wasn’t until Cindy married, in her twenties, that she began an earnest search for her birth family. Eventually she found her half-sister, which led Cindy to find her birth father, who, himself, had been looking for Cindy for decades.

The two communicated for a time and when Cindy saw a photo of her birth father, she absolutely knew, “that’s my daddy.”  Watch this emotional video as the two are reunited in person for the first time.