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An Impossible Search: A New Beginning!

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My husband and I hired Susan and Search Quest America about a month ago to search for his biological father. My husband is a Korean adoptee who lived with his Korean birth mother until he was sent for adoption when he was nine. His adoption records indicated that his father was an American soldier of an approximate age. We had been searching on our ... Read More

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

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

November - National Adoption Awarness Month

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Something curious happened that I didn’t expect. I sent out an official e-mail news announcement about celebrating National Adoption Awareness month for a wonderful adoption advocacy group I belong to, and I received a fairly nasty response from a first mother who bluntly stated, “There is nothing to celebrate about Adoption!”&nbs ... 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

TV Reunion Shows - Educating the Public to Adoption Issues

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In the past few years we have all seen a rise in popularity of reality television shows that highlight reunions between missing friends and family. The participants share highly emotional and heartwarming reunions meeting, for the first time, before a national T.V. audience. There is a difference between the new and old formats in that the ‘e ... Read More

It will happen when it's time!

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(Story shared by Devon Ressler) Fifty years is a long span of time.  A half century.  I spent fifty years searching for my sister and brother who were given up for adoption at birth.  I was fourteen and fifteen when they were born. I only saw them moving around in my mother’s stomach during the nine months of pregnancy.  W ... 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

15 years into reunion: Nikki gives us an update!

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Hi Susan!!!! I am so excited it's you!!!  The last 15 years have certainly been an adventure....starting with meeting my birth family.  My mom, Jeanette Victor (who raised me) went with me from Missouri to Arkansas to meet everyone.  My birth mom, step dad and 5 siblings!!!  And a reunion with aunts, uncles and about 75 cousins! ... Read More

Peace: I found my brother after 53 years!

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(This reunion story was submitted to us by SQA client Patty Schauer) Do you need to find someone missing in your life? I did! But where and how would I ever do that?! I didn't have to because "SEARCH QUEST AMERICA" did it for me. Let me start from the beginning, my story is a bit unusual from other stories of missing people in your life, being foun ... 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

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

From My Heart to Yours

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My Letter to my Birth Mother: Dearest Stranger,I am writing you this letter today, because I believe that we may have something in common.  My name is Raymond Rota and I was born in the Bronx, New York on July 26, 1967.  I have been working on my genealogy for over three years now.  It has not been an easy thing to do, because I was ... 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

Search Quest America : Against All Odds: Five Siblings Reunited

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Jonna Dean, of Punta Gorda, Fla., started searching for her biological family when her son got sick. His doctor strongly encouraged her to get more information about her biological family’s medical history.  It was a long journey filled with political roadblocks, financial setbacks, and Mother Nature’s fury.Dean was born in 1963 in ... Read More

Daughter Father - New York Reunion

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Doreese Zaremski of Staten Island, always knew that she was adopted at the age of 3 months.   She grew up in Brooklyn with her adoptive mother and her step-adoptive father.  She was raised with a brother that was 8 years her senior. He was the biological son of her adoptive mother. “I just wanted to see somebody that looks like ... Read More

Search Quest America Dives into DNA: Genetic Genealogy Plus for Adoptees

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Search Quest America (SQA), a leader in reuniting families, is excited to announce Genetic Genealogy Plus, a new service for adoptees. This new service uses DNA and traditional genealogy research to find the family of adoptees with sealed records. Genetic Genealogy Plus is offered by SQA through an affiliation with two leading DNA testing companies ... Read More