Half-Sisters Abandoned as Newborns at Separate Times Meet Birth Fathers for First Time

ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Celebrating a birthday or an anniversary with brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers is something many families share together every year.

But it's something Janet Barnicoat, her half-sister Julie and their half-brother Dean Hundorf, had never done together until now.

All three siblings have the same mother, who abandoned each of them shortly after they were born. They were able to connect the dots to each other before they found their birth parents.

With the help of genetic genealogist CeCe Moore and ABC News' "20/20," the siblings were able to meet their mother Joann Hauser for the first time recently. Then their mother was able to share the names of the men who she said fathered them.

"I've got to give her some kudos," Moore told "20/20." "She gave us the right names for two of the fathers. Even if she made a lot of bad choices, she's making good ones now."

Barnicoat, 34, and the oldest of the three, was the first one to connect with her birth father. After Hauser gave them the name Kent Warner, Moore was able to track down a phone number for him and helped Barnicoat through the difficult and emotional phone call when they first spoke.

"My wife told me that you had called and that there's a possibility I'm your father," Warner told Barnicoat.

"Yes, you may be my father," Barnicoat told him.

When Barnicoat asked Warner if he had been with a woman named Joann in the early '80s, Warner said "yes." When Barnicoat revealed Joann was her mother, Warner was shocked.

"I'm just trying to take this all in ... I'm dumbfounded. I don't know what to say," he said. "I always wanted a little girl my whole life."

A few days after that phone call, father and daughter met for the first time. Warner even got to meet Barnicoat's children, the grandchildren he never knew he had.

"I love you like my little girl. You are a big girl now," he told her.

 Barnicoat's half-sister Julie Hutchison, now 31, also was able to connect to her biological father, Bobby.

When they met, Bobby pulled out a photo of his mother and the resemblance between her and Hutchison was striking.

"It's scary how much I look like her," Hutchison said.

As for Dean, Joann gave him what she said was his father's name -- but so far, he can't locate him, but the three siblings are set on moving forward and building new memories together.

"It has been a crazy journey that we started on and I am so glad that we are finally here ... and the huge family that we have acquired, 'cause I love it," Barnicoat said.

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Labrador retriever flunks out of bomb-sniffing school for not wanting to detect bombs

Labrador retriever flunks out of bomb-sniffing school for not wanting to detect bombsRuskpp/iStock/Thinkstock(MCLEAN, Va.) -- A Labrador retriever named Lulu has flunked out of bomb-sniffing school after she displayed to her handlers that she was no longer interested in detecting bombs, according to the CIA.

"We are sad to announce that Lulu has been dropped from the program," the CIA announced in a press release Wednesday.

Lulu did not make the cut to graduate with her fellow fall 2017 puppy classmates after she began to show signs that she wasn't interested in sniffing out explosive odors a few weeks into training.

We’re sad to announce that a few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors. pic.twitter.com/c6lxHPfC09

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

There are a million reasons why a dog has a bad day & our trainers must become doggy psychologists to figure out what will help pups. pic.twitter.com/iaeRpGiSUR

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017


Pups often have off days when they're training for such an important job, the CIA said. The issue -- which can often be fixed with more playtime and breaks -- is often temporary.

"After a few days, the trainers work the pup through whatever issue has arisen, and the dog is back eagerly and happily ready to continue training," the CIA said. "But for some dogs, like Lulu, it becomes clear that the issue isn’t temporary."

Lulu wasn’t interested in searching for explosives.
Even when motivated w food & play, she was clearly no longer enjoying herself. pic.twitter.com/puvhDk1tRX

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017


Lulu was no longer motivated to search for explosives and was "clearly not enjoying herself any longer" when motivated to do so with food and play.

"It's imperative that the dogs enjoy the job they’re doing," the CIA said.

Trainers made the "extremely difficult decision" to drop Lulu from the program for her physical and mental well-being, the CIA said.

Lulu's handler adopted her, so she now enjoys cushy work-free days that include playing with his children and sniffing out rabbits and squirrels in the backyard. She even has a new friend -- a fellow Labrador retriever -- to hang out with all day.

Lulu was adopted by her handler & now enjoys her days playing w his kids & a new friend, & sniffing out rabbits & squirrels in the backyard. pic.twitter.com/WOImM75P1D

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017


"We’ll miss Lulu, but this was the right decision for her," the CIA said. "We wish her all the best in her new life."

We’ll miss Lulu, but it was right decision for her & we wish her all the best in her new life!https://t.co/nPZl6YWNKb pic.twitter.com/Mbcr9C7wUY

— CIA (@CIA) October 18, 2017

Lulu's handler is still on the search for an explosive detection K-9 partner, the CIA said.

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