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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

Tom Enda: It's never too late to say you're sorry!

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In 1962 I was a very young Airman stationed at Kelly Air Force base in San Antonio, Texas.  One day I went to the base roller skating rink.  There I met a young lady named Louise.  She was from Utah but was living with her sister and her sister’s husband who was also in the Air Force.  We began dating.  Fell madly in ... 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

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

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

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

A Sister's Search: Siblings Reunited

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Sisters, Betty and Sharon, weren’t close as children with a four year age difference between them. They struggled through tough times growing up.  Life wasn’t easy after losing their mother as children, bouncing from place to place with their father. Sharon married young and had two daughters, Theda and Thelma in 1956 and 1957 res ... 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