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Thaisi Da Silva's birth mother Geni Roque (left) and Da Silva as a young girl in New Jersey (right).

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Last week, we published a story about US families hiring searchers to help reunite their adopted, Guatemalan-born children with their birth parents. It's a process that can be emotionally taxing for both the adoptive and birth families.

For Thaisi Da Silva, born in Brazil and adopted by her biological aunt and uncle who moved with her to the US when she was four, her return to Brazil in her early 20s and again this year to see her birth mother was driven less by her own desire to connect with her mother and more by her adoptive mother's guilt for having taken her away from her birth mother. She shared her story with us.

Center of town. Guaxupe, Brazil

Center of town. Guaxupe, Brazil

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Thaisi Da Silva as a young girl

Thaisi Da Silva as a young girl.

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Thaisi Da Silva's birth mom

Da Silva's biological mother in Brazil.

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Thaismother

Da Silva's adoptive mother Raquel Silva with her brother Joao.

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Hospital

The hospital in Guaxupe where Da Silva was born and where her biological mother worked as a nurse.

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Town

The view from Da Silva's brother's house in Guaxupe, Brazil in 2015. 

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grave

Da Silva's father's grave in Guaxupe, Brazil. Her father, Samuel, died of a heart attack when she was 13. 

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Samuel Faria and Geni Roque

Da Silva's biological parents Samuel Faria and Geni Roque.

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Thaisi's uncle

Da Silva's adoptive father Fernando Silva with her in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Thaisi Da Silva is an editor/ program coordinator at PBS NewsHour.  

 

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