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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

Traveling Sisterhood of Adoption - Reunited Again!

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Not unlike many adoptees, I spent many, many years wondering about my biological parents. I wondered if they were somehow watching me and if they ever thought about me at the same time I was thinking of them. As I got older and more broad in my thinking I would find amazement in the knowledge that they were out in the world somewhere, underneath th ... 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

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

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

Search Quest America Declares No Affiliation with Troy Dunn

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Hello Everyone, I am Lane Williams with Search Quest America. We are a nationally-renowned adoption search and reunion firm and have received numerous inquiries regarding whether or not we work with Troy Dunn, and therefore, we are releasing the following information to set the record straight. The founders of Search Quest America have worked with ... 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

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

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

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