Most of us take for granted that we know who our parents are and where they come from. But that’s not the case for children of adoption, especially when they weren’t even born in the U.S. However, an area man’s search for his roots have finally paid off.

Dr. Kerry Sachetta came to the United States from Rome, Italy, just a few months after he was born in the early 1960’s. With the help of the Wichita Diocese and Catholic Social Services, he was adopted by a family in Columbus, Kansas, where he was raised. And as he got older, he had a natural curiosity to find his birth parents, but didn’t have much to go on.

“Knew where I was born in Rome, I know the lady, the name of the lady and I’d met the lady who arranged my adoption,” says Dr. Kerry Sachetta.

He wanted to find his birth mother, if she was still alive, and thank her for the tremendous sacrifice she made to give him up for adoption.

“And so without ancestry and the online DNA test and I ended up using 23ANDME as well, I was able to connect with distant living relatives, some in the U.S. that helped get me started,” says Dr. Kerry Sachetta.

Dr. Sachetta says social media played a huge role in helping him find his family. He says using Facebook and FaceTime, he was finally able to find and recently meet two half brothers in person, in europe.

“But I didn’t expect her other two sons to welcome me the way they did and to want to bring me in the family, so it’s really been a wonderful surprise and it’s something I’ll keep the rest of my life,” says Dr. Sachetta.

Sadly, he learned his birth mother passed away several years ago. And so far, he hasn’t been able to track down his biological father but thinks it’s only a matter time. He says his two half brothers will eventually come to visit him here in America and meet his adoptive family.