Two separately adopted Chinese twin united

Two families who adopted Chinese children and brought them to separate homes in Arizona and Alabama have discovered that the toddlers are twins. Three-year-olds XiMei and TaoTao were adopted separately by an Arizona family and an Alabama family. They reunited when TaoTao and his adoptive mother arrived Sept. 30 in Arizona to spend the weekend with the Arizona family who adopted XiMei.

Rose Veneklasen and Jutta Walters who talked over a web realized their children were estimated to be about the same age, were found abandoned the same day, both had cleft palates from the same orphanage, and both were afraid of the dark, according to their adoption profiles. Then in July, they ordered DNA tests that confirmed with 98 percent accuracy that the toddlers share at least one parent, most likely their mother.

The Walters and Veneklasens, of Tucson, each have two other children. (Source, CBSNews, Oct. 18, 2004)

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