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There's Magic in Your DNA: Now what do you do?

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For those of us who are adopted, were born in sealed records states, were foundlings, or don’t know the identity of our mother/father, finding and connecting with our genetic history as well as identifying and reuniting with any living biological family  was often an insurmountable challenge. Four years ago that changed.  All of a s ... Read More

Leslie Able Waite : I found my Father!

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I am 60 years old, and with the undying help from Search Quest America I have found my Birth Father at last!!I found a letter that I wrote my birth mother when I was 32. I asked her to please tell me" Pete's last name.  After not giving up totally, My Birth mother finally GAVE him a last name. She told me my"real" father's name is Pete Ga ... Read More

Reunited After 61 Years

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I have always known I was adopted, and that it was finalized before I was born.  As I grew, I wasn't ever angry about it, but had a lot of curiosity about "my people", and a lot of "what if "about my birth mother.  My adoptive mother and I got along fine, but we were two totally different people from the beginning.  I proba ... Read More

Jimmie and Josh Reunited - Syncronicity Story

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My name is Jimmie, and it seems like I have spent my whole life looking for my little brother! My mother was pregnant with my half-brother Josh in 1983. She was in jail at the time, and getting ready to serve a long sentence. I was raised by my grandparents. They wanted Josh too, but she was spiteful and chose to give him up for adoption instead. I ... Read More

From My Heart to Your Hands

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My Most Precious Katie, This letter is one of the most difficult undertakings of my life.  I have so very many thoughts to express to you and doubt that I can find the words to articulate their full meaning. I am uncertain of the age that you are while reading this letter. At the time this letter is being written you are six days old.  It ... Read More

JoAnn DeVita - Tell Me the Truth!

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When Susan asked me to share my entire story, I tried to think of how to start.  I guess it starts with the earliest time I can remember feeling like a square peg in a round hole. I just always knew I didn't belong where I was. I looked different and acted different than my adoptive parents. I believe I was around 10 or 11 when I started askin ... Read More

Everything Happens for a Reason

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I am an adult adoptee who was adopted at 6 weeks old and reunited with my biological mother when I was 30 years old. The events that unfolded after that are remarkable and unlike any other adoption reunion story you've ever heard before. It is a story that will make you believe that everything happens for a reason. I had known I was adopted since I ... Read More

Mom, you found me!

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In June of 2010, I wrote Search Quest regarding finding a son I had given up for adoption 45 years ago. I had tried different agencies and registries and had even contacting the attorney my father had taken me to "resolve my situation" in those days. He told me to forget it, my records were sealed and I would never find out. With that, I ached even ... Read More

Robert Banks: The Power of Unconditional Love

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(Prelude:  When your child is lost to adoption, you can only pray to God that he or she has a good home, and is healthy, happy and at peace.  Unfortunately that is not the result found at the end of some searches for adoptees or birth parents.  Our client, Robert, shared this beautiful letter with us recently when such was the case i ... Read More

Texas Legislative Update: Erica Babino shares her news!

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When Susan and Search Quest America found my birthparents, I had a space in my brain that had for years been used to find my family of origin.  After reuniting, there was a psychological and emotional feeling of “what do I do now”?  In the mid 1990’s I helped to open records in Oregon with the passage of Ballot Measure 5 ... Read More

Patience pays off - Karen connects with her birth family!

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Karen Itkowitz Gentilcore was born at Staten Island hospital in New York, and was immediately placed for adoption through the Louise Wise agency in New York City.  She was adopted by Harriet and Hy Itkowith.  Hy and Harriet had been married for 13 years, and had been praying for an addition to their traditionally conservative Jewish house ... Read More

Together - At Last!

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JoAnn was born in the Bronx, New York back in the 50’s, and was subsequently placed for adoption through Catholic Charities.  Adopted by Fay and Anthony Prevete, she always had a good understanding that she was adopted and what that meant.   Her mom, Fay, had received a book from Catholic Charities to read to JoAnn that explain ... Read More

Susan's Story: In Search of Siblings (Part 2)

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Your best laid plans never seem to go exactly as you think they are going to.  ‘Woman’s World’ Magazine decided that they wanted to ‘push up’ our reunion because they wanted to release our story earlier than they’d planned.  They were pretty convincing and sent me a plane ticket to fly down to Missouri ... Read More

Twins Reunited With Birth Family

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As an Investigator and family search specialist, it is not uncommon for our office to receive calls from producers from major network programs or production companies with special needs. Usually they start by asking if I'm working on anything that may make a good reunion segment for an upcoming project or series that they are working on.  It' ... Read More

Susan's Story: In Search of Siblings!

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“As the CEO of Search Quest America, and as an adoptee, I am often asked about my own ties to adoption, how I became a family search specialist, and of course about my own search to find my answers.  Adoption Search is a lifelong journey to self-discovery.  Some of you may know parts of this story as I’ve shared snippets with ... Read More

John's 54 Year Journey to Peace

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John Schell was born in June 14th, 1960 in Rockford, Illinois.  His earliest memory was waking up to find a police officer standing over his crib, which scared him badly, and being removed from his home along with brothers and sisters.  They put John in one police car and his siblings in another and that was the last he saw of them. In Ma ... Read More

Helen's Mystery Solved in 3 Days

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Helen Tucker was born May 3rd, 1952 in Buffalo, New York.  She was placed in foster care immediately after birth for over a year while her biological mother tried to develop a workable plan to keep and raise her.  Unable to obtain a job or residence in Buffalo, Lorraine was forced to return to the Washington, D.C. area where she had grown ... Read More

I Always Knew I Was Different

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My mother hated me from as far back as I can remember. I didn’t know why; no matter what I did, how good I tried to be, I would always get a beating with a doubled leather belt – the buckle end.  The belt use to belong to my cousin Bob and mother got it from him while we were visiting in Oklahoma. That’s all I know.  Som ... Read More

Michael's Adoption Puzzle is Finally Complete

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Michael O’Leary was born in 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, and placed to adoption shortly after.  As a child, his adoption was not a secret.  His parents told him early in his life that he had been born Michael Lewis to an Irish mother, and they liked the first name Michael so much that they kept it after the adoption.  He was in ... Read More

Erica never gave up, and her dream came true!

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As a three year old, Erica Babino was bright, beautiful and precocious - and knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that her mommy and daddy loved her!  She was also quite proud of the fact she was ‘adopted’ even if she didn’t quite understand what that meant, but shared her status with everyone quite freely.  Although she had ... Read More

Father's Day Magic 2014

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June 7th, 2014 started out as a normal day for the Search Quest America team.  CEO Susan Friel-Williams logged into Facebook and noticed that someone had forwarded her a video link and asked her to watch the video and to please help if she could.  Curious, she watched.  The video, posted by Frank Ritchie of Odessa, TX, at 8:07 a.m. e ... Read More

Mother's Day Free Search Contest Winner - Brandy Lintz

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We know our clients, contacts and subscribers have all been wondering who the winner of Search Quest America's free Facebook Mother’s Day Search is , and what happened with the search, so we are pleased to share Brandy’s update and reunion story with our readers.  Brandy Lintz, a Texas adoptee, was the winner of our ... Read More

Washington State Adoptees - July 1st, 2014 OBC Access

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If you are or have a Washington State Adoptee in your family, and you know that new access laws to an adoptee’s Original Birth Certificate, you’ve probably been anxiously waiting as the first of July approaches.  Some of you probably already have your requests and supporting documentation ready, and already in a sealed envelope ju ... Read More

The True Life Story of Terrence Pace - Public Figure

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Easter Sunday, 2014 brought a few more ‘surprises’ to the Pace house in Houston, Texas, than the Easter Bunny could have even dreamed of delivering.  Terrance Pace woke up bright and early and called his Mom to arrange to meet her at Sunday Mass.  He had a few free moments and decided to return a very curious call he’d r ... Read More

Finding Our Baby Sister: A Reunion Story

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Margaret, with six kids ages two through 17, found herself divorced and a pregnant. The hardest decision of her life was choosing to give her seventh child, a little girl, up for adoption.  Nancy was two years old when Margaret gave birth in 1969 and always felt the desire to search for her sister that was lost to adoption. “I wanted to ... Read More

Satisfying Mom's Dying Wish: Ohio Family Reunites with Youngest Sibling

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Cape Coral, FLA.(September 18, 2013) – A mother’s love never ceases. Elvie Ridgeway had always wondered what happened to her little boy and her four surviving children were determined to find him. After separating from her husband, she became involved with Bruce Egbert and found herself pregnant with twins. This is where her story and ... Read More