19-year-old finds birth mother after posting photo to social media

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A 19-year-old Iowa woman dreamed of meeting her birth mother, and thanks to social media, she finally did.

The Des Moines Register reports that Stouffer posted a photo to her Facebook page and on Twitter, asking people to help her find her birth mother. Thousands shared the photo.

Stouffer’s birth mother saw the photo and tracked down her phone number. Then, three days after the original post, Stouffer received a text message from Nicole Reinier.

On Saturday, April 19, Stouffer and Reinier finally got to at a coffee shop in Johnston, Iowa.

Stouffer said she is happier now than she has ever been.

“I don’t feel that empty feeling anymore. I don’t feel lost anymore,” Stouffer told the Register. “It’s one of the most incredible feelings. I feel more complete than I ever have in my entire life.”

For more on this story, check out The Des Moines Register’s coverage here.


Hannah Stouffer


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