Amanda Serenyi

Conceived at: UCSF (University of California, San Francisco)
Born: 1978
Location: Eureka, CA
Active on: AncestryDNA, 23andMe, Donor Children

Personal message:

When I was 33, a stranger contacted me through Facebook, questioning whether the man I grew up calling “Dad” was actually my father. I immediately asked my mom and she said, “Let’s talk about it later.” I waited two years before asking her again, this time while on a cross-country drive in the middle of the desert with nowhere for her to hide the truth anymore. She confirmed I was donor conceived, but said there were no records kept, and she and my “Dad” promised to never tell me. Through their divorce, my estrangement from him, and countless discussions about other parts of our family tree, she kept her promise to him and the truth from me. Thanks to this stranger and 23andme, I’ve found my biological family. While there isn’t a happy ending yet with my donor dad, I’m at peace knowing the truth of where I came from.