BUFFALO, N.Y. – It can come as a surprise. Korean adoptees are using DNA to connect with their birth families and finding out they have siblings.
Katherine Bradtke is a mixed race Korean adoptee. “I am a bi-product of military occupation,” said Bradtke who was in an orphanage until she was adopted by a family in the United States.
In 2015, she learned through a DNA test that she has a half-brother in Western New York. “Every time I tell someone that I discovered I have some half siblings, they get that sort of look like, my father served in that war.”
Bradtke met her half-brother Paul Krohn earlier this year. It turns out Paul’s father, a Korean war vet fathered a child while in Korea. It came as a surprise when he learned he had another sibling.
Katherine is one of the founders of 325 Kamra, an organization reuniting Korean adoptees with their biological families through DNA.
“The awareness we're trying to get out there is how many of these
half-Koreans are out there that were fathered by these guys serving over there,” said Krohn.
The journey to finding your biological roots can be overwhelming and rewarding. “As an adoptee you always wonder did my mother love me, did my father love me, I can tell you that they never forget,” Bradtke said while holding back tears.
Over the summer, Bradtke visited Western New York to see areas where her father lived. He is now deceased.