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Posted: 8/8/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

The vast majority of individuals in search for lost loved ones are adoptees and birth parents. Yet occasionally we hear from the other member of the adoption triad--the adoptive parent.

Nancy contacted Search Quest America in July with the following request. She wrote, "My adopted daughter has been struggling so much. She had a brain tumor when she was only eight which left so many residual effects. It hurts me to watch her struggle to figure out who she is and I want to help her any way I can. I believe that locating her birth mother might help to heal the giant emptiness she carries around with her. As much as I wish I could, I can't seem to fill it. Please help."

Nancy's daughter Kelsey was born in San Antonio, Texas in November of 1989. She was put up for adoption through ABC Agency. Her non-identifying information reports that her birth mother was Hispanic, but provides little other information.

Nevertheless, Julie Jones, on of SQA's most experienced researchers, was able to locate Kelsey's birth mother in just over a week. She and Kelsey's birth father are still together, and they have three other children. Their 2 sons and 1 daughter are Kelsey's full siblings, and by reuniting with them, Kelsey has been able to answer many of her lifelong questions.

"Somehow it just helps to know where I come from. There's nothing like looking into the faces of your biological parents and getting to hug your full siblings for the first time. I can't believe my mom did this for me--it was such an unselfish thing to do and it proves to me that I am blessed with two moms who both love me enough to do what is best for me."

Nancy is also glad she decided to search. "I just spoke with Kelsey's birth mother for the first time the other day and she is just lovely. Kelsey has a little sister who cannot wait to meet her. I am so glad that I did this and I cannot thank you enough. I think that this will help to heal the emptiness that Kelsey has had for so long. Some of my friends have asked me why I did this. 'Aren't you afraid of losing her?' they ask me. Of course, the thought has crossed my mind. But if you think about it, I was already losing her to her doubts and insecurities. Finding her birth mother was the key to bringing my little girl back to me. At the end of the day I want what's best for my daughter, and if that means letting her go and make her own decisions, I'm ok with that. Every day for the last twenty years, I have said a prayer of gratitude for the scared, pregnant woman who gave me my miracle child. The choice she made to put Kelsey up for adoption has been the key to my every happiness. With that perspective, how could I NOT allow her a little piece of the same happiness?"

(Written by Mica Burton on Nancy's behalf.)

Client ID# 251082
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