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Posted: 2/25/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

/images/stories.asp?i=20110523132741.0.jpgWhen Dawn's adoptive father passed away unexpectedly at the age of 58, she started to think about the fragility of life. She began to wonder about the woman who had put her up for adoption in 1969, and decided to search for her. At the very least, she wanted information about her ethnic background and medical records, and hoped to be happily reunited with the woman who placed her for adoption 40 years ago.

Her case was assigned to Susan, Search Quest America's lead investigator, who worked hand in hand with Dawn to solve her Guided Professional Search. In the following excerpt, Dawn tells her story.

"In October 2008, with my adoptive mother's blessing, I contacted Search Quest America to locate my biological mother. I elected the program of working in partnership with an investigator and was assigned to Susan. The non-identifying information provided by the county was very detailed, but did not provide my birth mother's name. The social worker had noted that my birth mother returned to the agency with her fiance to sign papers, and they were planning on returning to the coast and marrying the following year.

Susan was able to identify my mother's maiden name which gave us a place to start. I was also able to obtain the state she was born in. Using many pieces of information, we were able to narrow it down to a list of marriage licenses. After looking at 3 different county records offices, we narrowed it down and identified her. The final piece was her father's obituary, which tied
everything together. At my request Susan contacted her. Unfortunately, there will not be a reunion.

Although I am disappointed, I would never want to bring pain to her or her family. I am at peace knowing that she is happy and I wish her only the best. I am glad I tried."

Statistically less than 10% of adoption cases turn out like this one. Usually, the other party is at least willing to make contact over the phone but sometimes, for whatever reason, they choose not to reunite.

Dawn chose to share her story so that other adoptees can be prepared for this situation. Her perseverance and attitude are inspirational, and even though the search did not lead to a reunion as she hoped it would, she is at peace. She is proud of herself for being proactive and finding the answers she was looking for.

Here at Search Quest America, we are proud of her too.

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