Sometimes when you meet someone for the first time, you feel an instant kinship. That was the case with two Connecticut co-workers who later learned that their sisterhood wasn’t just figurative, it was literal.
Julia Tinetti and Cassandra Madison were born in the Dominican Republic and later adopted. Each woman had a tattoo of the flag of that country. The couple joined in on the coincidences as patrons at the New Haven bar where they both worked teased them for looking and acting so alike they might as well be sisters.
With similar stories, Tinetti and Madison compared notes about their respective adoptions, but according to the paperwork, they were not related. While the news was disappointing, it did not affect the relationship. Even when Madison moved to Virginia Beach, the friends remained in close contact.
After moving south, Madison found herself wanting to know her origins. Tinetti, knowing that not all stories have a fairy tale ending, decided not to alter the status quo. “Finding my biological family was just not a thing for me. I grew up with a big family, so I just left it as it was, “he said. Good morning america.
In 2018, Madison’s adoptive mother gifted her a genetic testing kit for Christmas. From there, Madison was able to locate several distant relatives, as well as a cousin in Connecticut who was able to connect her to her biological family in the Dominican Republic.
Sadly, her biological mother had passed away in 2015, but Madison was delighted to learn that her father and seven siblings were alive and well and eager to meet her.
In 2019, Madison flew out to reunite. “We joined immediately,” he said. The Washington Post. “It was as if I had known them all my life.”
The next part of the story sounds like something straight out of a soap opera script.
In December 2020, Tinetti’s childhood friend Molly Sapadin, who was now also friends with Madison, made a discovery. It appears that Sapadin was also adopted from the Dominican Republic, the same day as Tinetti. When Sapadin saw the last name “Collado” on Madison’s Facebook posts from the visit she had made with her biological family, a bell rang.
Sapadin’s adoption documents revealed that she and Madison shared the same biological mother, only they didn’t. The adoption agency, as subsequent DNA tests showed, had accidentally changed Sapadin’s birth record to Tinetti’s.
As it turned out, Tinetti was Madison’s sister and Sapadin was her cousin. (DNA testing also revealed that Sapadin has a twin brother that he has yet to be identified with.)
When Madison spoke with her biological father, Adriano Luna Collado, he confirmed that a second daughter had been put up for adoption when the family was facing severe financial difficulties due to illness.
“He [told me], ‘It was just a difficult time for your mom and me. So, I don’t like to talk about it. I don’t like to think about it, ‘”Madison recounted in her interview with GMA.
Now, both sisters hope to reunite when COVID-19 travel restrictions are eased. Meanwhile, they are meeting their biological family in the Dominican Republic through video chat.
Thanks to a crazy wrinkle in the cosmos, two devoted friends are now two devoted sisters. But Tinetti, for example, believes in destiny. Now that I look back, this had to happen. We were destined to cross paths like this, “she told the Post, adding with a smile,” I will always be your annoying little sister. “
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