Welcome to the Riess family’s website. On this website, we discuss the fraudulent adoption of our daughter and sister, Michelle, and unexpectedly finding her after 40 years of separation thanks to an Ancestry DNA test.
Michelle spent the first 40 years of her life not knowing she was adopted, or that she has three full sisters. Despite their promises, the adoptive parents never told Michelle that she was adopted. Instead, for four decades, they manipulated Michelle into believing she was their biological child, while weaving an enormous web of lies to conceal the truth from her — all while living just a few miles from her biological family the entire time.
On this website, we will talk about this and the negative impact these lies created for Michelle over the course of her life; and how she is moving forward despite these circumstances. We will also discuss the 1978 indictment of the adoption attorney, Edward Kent, who illegally arranged Michelle’s adoption, along with the adoption of a few other babies.
To learn more about our amazing story, start here:
Our Adoption Reunion Story [ read now ]
Story of Michelle’s illegally arranged adoption & our family’s beautiful reunion 40 years later — thanks to an Ancestry DNA test
Could YOU Secretly Be Adopted And Not Know? [ read now ]
Read about some of the red flags that were in Michelle’s life that could indicate you are adopted.
Newspaper Articles About Our Adoption Case [ read now ]
A collection of articles about the trial of the adoption attorney who illegally arranged Michelle’s adoption
View All Posts [ read now ]
Read all posts on this website, including our adoption reunion story & more!
Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of our family.
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