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Long Lost Family USA

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Long Lost Family USA

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Season 3A

Fridays from 3 August at 8:30pm Channel 017

Long Lost Family offers a last chance for people who are desperate to find long lost relatives. Led by hosts Chris Jacobs and Emmy Award-winning journalist Lisa Joyner, both of whom are adopted and have personal experience tracing their own biological family members, this emotional series shares the stories of people who have endured a lifetime of separation, and who long to finally be reunited with family members with whom they share an innately deep connection – but who, in many cases, they have never met. As the individual participants embark on these emotional journeys, their lives will be changed forever.

In each episode, Chris and Lisa focus on two unique stories in an effort to resolve the lifelong searches previously ensued by the participating parties. With everything from closed adoptions, to family secrets standing in their way, the path to finding long lost family members is always different and extremely challenging, and the stakes are high. Not only does a successful search bring the possibility of a heart-warming reunion, but also a chance of redemption for people who have been subject to decades of emotional agony.

Over the course of this season, viewers will meet a woman haunted by the memory of the sister she first met, and last saw, in a courtroom at the age of seven; a man, who at 48 years old, was traumatised to find out he was adopted, after his adoptive parents had already passed away; and a man who discovered that the mother who placed him for adoption already had three sons whom she kept. Utilising whatever resources they can – from public records and archives, to tracing family trees, to cutting edge Ancestry DNA technology – Chris and Lisa leave no stone unturned in pursuit of their target. As each case unravels, and unexpected details surface, a lifetime of pain and guilt will ultimately give way to a new and profound familial relationship.