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In June of 2010, I wrote Search Quest regarding finding a son I had given up 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 deeper and knew this hole I had in heart would never be filled.
Then I watched "The Locator" on television and as I cried over their stories, I knew I had to try one more time to located him. No one or nothing could fill that hole, until I found my son. And so my new journey began, a letter to "The Locator" to help me. I received a call about three months later, stating that they would help me. They told me it would take 60-90 days to find him, but they were confident they could do it.
By July 23, I was notified of his name and where he lived - 5 minutes from where we had lived. My oldest daughter gave me some startling news - she knew him and had been a good friend of his in high school, however, they never knew.
My son was the oldest at 45, my daughter is 44, my other son is 42 and my youngest daughter is 40. I also raised a step-son, who was older than those four. My step son still lives in Illinois, but the rest of us live in the State of Washington.
On September 16th, all of us decided to go to Illinois to meet with my "new" son. Here is a picture of the whole family together. Also, is a picture of my son and I and my two "new" granddaughters and I. He also has a 5 year old daughter. Here is a picture of her and her "new" Aunt (who knew him in high school). This was a marvelous 4 days of visiting and having all the family together again.
On our way to the airport, we were invited to a wonderful breakfast at his adoptive mother's home. She was such a sweetheart. She showed my albums and told me all about my son. His adopted father had passed away several years ago. I am so grateful that he had been raised by a great set of parents and that his mother was willing to share him with me.
To make it short, we had an unforgettable time and he was so receptive. I give the glory to God for that. As I was getting into the car to go to the airport to return to Washington, he called, "Mom" and I said "yes" and he said "YOU FOUND ME". Yes, I did and thank you Search Quest for making that possible.
Connie L. Sheehan
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