Welcome to our family’s website. This site details Michelle’s 1976 adoption, forty years of wrongful separation, and our family’s 2017 reunion.

It began in 1976 when Michelle was placed with a married couple following an illegal adoption scheme arranged by their attorney, Edward Kent. This was followed by forty years of separation during which Michelle’s adoptive parents never told her she was adopted. All of this continued until 2017 when a very unexpected match on an Ancestry DNA test finally revealed the truth. The Riess family has been inseparable since.

To learn more, please start by reading our family’s adoption & reunion story. You can also listen to an interview with Michelle from Extreme Genes here.

Wondering if you could secretly be adopted? Read about some of the red flags in Michelle’s life prior to her adoption discovery. 

Thank you to everyone for your continued interest and support–it genuinely means a lot to our family.

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