FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- 26-year-old Alex Troy, a Fort Wayne resident, met his birth mom in Italy a few weeks ago. Troy took the 3-week trip with his brother to sight-see and reunite with his family.
"She comes down and opens the door and she's just this small little Italian lady, about this big and I'm like,"Oh my goodness this is my mom," " said Troy.
Growing up, and even now, Troy says he got a lot of support from his adoptive parents, but he says there was always a piece missing.
"I needed to find this. I needed to find people who had the same personality, the same blood. "
Troy was put up for adoption at birth. He was taken from his mom by the state due to mental health issues. He was was in Connecticut before his adopted parents moved to Fort Wayne. His adoption was closed, but luckily, Troy had his original birth certificate, and started the search for his family.
"I called a few numbers and they said sorry we're not your mom"
After a few more calls, he came into contact with one of his brothers, who has the same name as his birth father.
"Lo and behold, the next day, I'm in class and I get probably 10 calls from different people. All family, brothers, sisters, my birth father. That happened six years ago. "
That's how he found his dad's side of the family. While he was visiting his father's side in Connecticut, he met more siblings on his mother's side as well.
"But I never got to meet my mom during that trip because she still lives in italy."
Alex couldn't visit Italy at the time but decided to make the trip a few weeks ago to finally meet his birth mom. She is 71-years-old and lives in Turino, Italy. He says he instantly felt like he fit in.
"I knew who they were my whole life and I just had met them. Big hugs, big dinners, great food by the way, I'll tell you that mcuh."
Between his birth and adoptive families, Alex Troy has 18 siblings and a many other family members.
"I feel complete. I feel on top of the world right now. I feel like I can do anything now. It's an amazing feeling."
He plans to go back to Italy within the next two years.