KTLA's Chris Schauble meets biological mom for first time

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News Anchor Meets Biological Mother for the First Time

Growing up as a the only African American child in an all white family, KTLA Morning News anchor Chris Schauble says his adoption was obvious, but so was the unconditional love of his family.
KTLA's Chris Schauble meets biological mom for first time
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 03: TV News personality Chris Schauble attends The Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences 65th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on August 3, 2013 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 05: News anchors Chris Schauble and Alycia Lane attend the 17th annual Multicultural Motion Picture Association student filmmaker Oscar luncheon at Montage Beverly Hills on March 5, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 3: Actress Lynn Whitfield (L) and news anchorman Chris Schauble attend the MMPA Student Filmmakers Pre-Oscar Scholarship Luncheon at the Penninsula Hotel on March 3, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 14: News anchors Christine Devine and Chris Schauble arrive at the Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan 3rd Annual High Tea at the Century Plaza Hotel and Spa on May 14, 2005 in Century City, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
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"My mom is a PhD. My dad, God rest his soul, was a master's degree holder," Schauble says. "They were well-educated people who valued life. In 1970 they decided to adopt, and I was that kid."

Still, at 44 years old, Schauble felt his biological mom and dad were still the missing piece of his personal puzzle.

"What I can remember is we would go to church. There was this beautifully spirited African-American grandmother and whenever we sat by her she treated me with such love. I remember thinking is that how when someone is your biological child, is that what that love feels like?"

It was Schauble's own children who inspired him to start looking for his biological family.

"I don't know my medical history," Schauble says. "I don't know what diseases I may be susceptible to based on their past heritage. So those are dots I think would be important to connect. Not only for me, but for my own children."

Schauble hired a private investigator in hopes of putting all of the pieces together, but finding out who he really is would not be easy. For the first three months of his life he lived in a children's group home in Florida, which as it turns out has some of the most restrictive privacy laws.

That's when Schauble turned to what is called an "adoption angel" who contacted the department of vital statistics. His birth mother was 38 years old and had traveled from a New England state to Florida to give birth to him. It was news he says he was not expecting.

Schauble faced another setback when his private investigator was able to find the lawyer who facilitated his adoption. The lawyer was still practicing, but had no records or recollection of the adoption.

This would not stop him from continuing his search. "I think that helping people is one of the best things about this because at the end of the day I may not find my birth mother or my birth father, but someone else might."

After months of searching and a roller coaster of emotions, Schauble's "adoption angel" told him he had been matched with his birth parents.

His first trip would be to rural Florida, where he met the family of his biological father who passed away in 1995.

Despite not being able to meet his biological father face-to-face, Schauble says he's found beauty in learning about his family history -- including the name of his birth mother, who is just a flight away in Texas.

"My life will never be the same," Schauble says, "and neither will hers."

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