Sisters connect 30 years after adoptions



HOLDEN — When Adelle Faulkner’s husband, Chris, gave her a birthday present, it was a practical one. Not as shiny as jewelry, nor as sweet as chocolate. But inside was a surprise not even he knew was there.The genetics test was intended to help provide medical information for Adele, who had been adopted and had no family history to which she could refer.Chris got a test as well, but for Adelle, it would lead to two sisters she did not know she had.“I feel like I’ve known her a long time,” Angela Knight said of Faulkner. But they only just connected.Knight took a genetics test a few years ago, hoping to find a relative, but found no connections.She and her twin sister, Diana Kwacz, had been adopted from Columbia, into the same family.Faulkner had also been adopted from Columbia, but did not know of her half-sisters, who grew up a few states away, in Pennsylvania. Only when they got a partial match to their genetics tests, showing there were half-sisters, did the three connect.Faulkner started life as Luisa Fernanda Mejia-Nino, but joined the family of John and Debra Trainor in Lunenburg after being adopted from a Columbian orphanage.“I never thought I’d find anyone biologically related to me, like ever,” Faulkner said. “My parents had my file, but there was very little information, and being from another country I never thought it possible.”“I consider my sisters family and full sisters, …