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Couple headed to Korea to search for wife’s roots

Yancy and Robbi Welch of Powell are beginning their journey to South Korea on Wednesday, flying 13 hours nonstop from San Francisco to Seoul. These 10-days of “Seoul Searching” are the beginning of Robbi’s birth family search, and her first visit to her homeland.

This experience was a Christmas gift from Robbi’s husband, Yancy. “What a truly thoughtful gift from him, and the best part ... he will be with me sharing my journey into an unfamiliar place where my infant life began,” she said.

Robbi was adopted by the late Norm Frank and Becky (Frank)Christensen as a baby after she was left on the doorstep of a Korean home with no identification. Raised by Scott and Becky Christensen, Robbi, now 39,  yearns to know more about her story.

Recently, Robbi filmed a brief piece about herself and information she knows about her infant years in South Korea. Her story aired on a Korean TV program in February of this year about missing persons (finding missing people/families). Unfortunately, three weeks ago, the TV station announced their cancellation for this specific program. “For me, this was a great opportunity for my story to be heard in South Korea,” Robbi said.

Among many fun and “searching” plans, they will also spend time at a Korean orphanage playing with children and volunteering their time.

Updates of this trip — which has been dubbed “Seoul Searching” — will be available to read at and a complete story on the trip will be published at a later date.

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