For the last 2-3 years, I’ve been interested in having some DNA testing done on the girls. There were a couple reasons for wanting the testing.
First of all, we don’t have a tremendous amount of family history on either of them. For a matter-of-fact, we have 0 family history on one of them. I thought testing DNA would be a good way to get information on potential health risk factors.
The second reason is the possibility of finding biological family members.
I know many adoptive families who went thru a company called 23andMe and spoke highly of their experience. Several found cousins and I know of some who actually found the biological sibling(s) of their adopted child(ren). Obviously, you can only find these bio family members if they have been tested thru 23andMe, but with a large number of adoptive families having their kids tested, it’s possible one or both of my girls have bio family members who have also been adopted. Those are important connections for an adoptee.
After all this time, I finally ordered the DNA testing kits for each of the girls a few weeks ago. The testing is done on saliva, so I had each of them spit in their test tubes and we shipped them back to 23andMe and began waiting.
Unfortunately, the FDA stepped in and decided they needed to be involved in a regulatory review process. So at this time we are unable to get any health information.
What we will get is ancestry information and any DNA matches that are in the 23andMe database.
Today we received some general history regarding each girl’s ancestry, which is fascinating, but we won’t have all the information for a couple more weeks.
For now, let me just say that “Science is AWESOME!!”