Detroit woman reunited with birth mother after nearly 50 years apart

DETROIT – A Detroit woman who was adopted nearly 50 years ago was looking for her birth family.

She recently found out that her birth mother was still living in Georgia and that she had five siblings.

The two had led separate lives for decades – 78-year-old Lola Talon and Leah Cartwright, the baby she put up for adoption. Her dreams came true in early October.

“My first look at her was a photo and I thought. ‘That’s my face!’ “Cartwright recalled.

It was a reunion that lasted almost half a century.

“I knew. I really believed in my heart that I would meet her one day,” Talon said.

Cartwright was an infant when she was adopted. The now 49-year-old Detroit woman has always been curious about her biological family. In August, she discovered a niece on and spoke to her birth mother on the phone within a few days.


“She’s a cute person, she’s cute,” said Talon.

After countless Zoom calls, the two met in Detroit.

“Just being together, touching and hugging her, it was really good,” Talon said.

“I’ve always wondered if I look like someone, do I have mannerisms like someone?” said Carter.

They both love to laugh, enjoy breakfast foods and the color purple.

“That closes everything,” said Talon. “The fact that she wasn’t unforgiving and understanding why I was doing what I was doing made me feel much better.”

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