No doubt you've noticed the proliferation of companies that offer us the opportunity to trace our genealogical roots. This burgeoning phenomenon seems to tap into a fundamental wish that so many of us have to understand our ethnic, racial, religious, and geographical origins.
For some this is a compulsion, a deep and understandable yearning for identity. Most of us have a head start when we decide to trace our roots, knowing as we do our biological parents and some key elements of their lineage. But for many, especially those who were placed in foster care and adoptive homes shortly after birth, the search is far more arduous and emotionally complex. This we hear from 18-year-old Mikayla Lewandoski.
Mikayla Lewandoski—originally from China and now a resident of Bristol, Connecticut—is a student at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.