Instagram brings adopted kid, birth mom back together

DENVER – Since he was a kid, Reed Cohen always knew he had been adopted. His two mothers made that very clear when they had an honest discussion with Reed about his past.

For his part, Reed really hadn't thought too much about his birth parents. After all, his mothers Beth and Shelley provided him with a pretty spectacular life.

"I have a great family," Cohen said. "I never really knew that my birth parents were still alive. I knew they were out there, but I didn't know if they were alive or dead or if they were in prison. They could have been anywhere in the world".

Since he was adopted when he was only a few days old, Reed never got a chance to meet his birth mother. All he knew was her name, which was "Becca."

Like many teenagers, Reed spends a lot of time on social media, especially Facebook and Instagram.

Recently, Reed had posted some baby pictures to his Instagram account and over the weekend someone named Becca started "liking" his pictures.

"Something clicked. It's hard to describe what it was. Immediately, I clicked on her profile picture and ran downstairs," Cohen said.

The woman in the profile picture looked eerily similar to him. So he showed Becca's picture to his moms and asked them if that was her.

His mothers figured it was and so Reed took her name and put it into a Facebook search.

"And the same profile picture that was on Instagram popped up on Facebook right away. As if it had been there all along, and I just passed it over," Cohen said.

Right before his eyes was an image and information about a woman he didn't know existed.

"And that right there closed a bunch of open doors and opened a lot of new ones," he said.

Friend requests were exchanged along with a message from his birth mom.

"Hello. Do you know who I am?" the message read. "Well it is I, your birth mother Becca... If it is not too much you can call me or text. Take your time to think about what I just told you and decide."

Most 16-year-olds only have to worry about finals this time of year. Cohen is left with one of the most confusing moments he'll ever have to endure.

"It's kind of weird to see family photos because you can imagine yourself kind of being in the picture," he said.

"It was kind of a shock. I'm excited for him. And I'm apprehensive too. I want it to be a positive experience for him," said Cohen's adoptive mother Shelley.

For their part, Cohen's mothers are in full support of whatever he decides to do. Cohen says he's going to take his time.

"I said that I was glad she found me and that I would try to give her a call sometime when I was ready. It's not that I don't want to call her. It's just taking all this in at once. I'm trying to slow the process down. I do think there's a time when I will be ready to call her," he said.

Cohen wants his story to serve as a reminder to other kids who were adopted to not give up. He says if you look hard enough for your birth parents, eventually you'll find them. Even if they find you first.

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