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Posted: 6/1/2011
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

My name is Tracy and I wrote to SQA in March searching for my half-brother, Eric, whom I've never met. My father was married prior to his marriage to my mother and he had a son, but he never told me anything about him. I'm not even certain that dad had anything to do with his son at all. I've heard stories from some family members, but it was all kept pretty quiet for the most part.

Dad passed away in 1993 after a long struggle with drugs and alcohol and I never had the chance to ask him about Eric. I have spent my entire life wondering about my brother and wanted to find him more than anything. I want to be able to give him the opportunity to know about me and his biological father, if he chooses to. If he prefers to be left alone, I have accepted that, but I think he at least deserves the opportunity. I hate to think that he may have grown up thinking that our father didn't care about him or wasn't interested in being a part of his life. Our dad wasn't perfect, but he was a good man.

I do have a very small amount of information to go on. My father's name was Dane K. Reinhart (names has been changed), he was married to Eric's mother, Diana, during 1968. I believe they were married at the First Baptist Church in Chicago Heights. To my knowledge, and the baby photos that my grandmother gave me, Eric was born that same year, 1968, in Cook County, Illinois. After my father left, Diana may have remarried a man with the last name of Smith who was from Crete, IL. It is possible that this man adopted Eric.

Before contacting SQA, I had been doing research for the past year and kept coming up empty. I found one Eric Smith in NY, who is related to the Chicago area Smiths, but he was not the person I am looking for. I was extremely grateful to find SQA and it meant a great deal to me to know that I was in capable hands and would finally get in touch with Eric.
My searcher, Julie, told me that when she first got in touch with Eric, he was shocked to know that someone was looking for him. He always knew that his dad's name was Reinhart, but just assumed he never cared about him. I wish our dad was still alive to be part of our reunion, but I am very happy to finally get to meet Eric and catch up on all the lost time. He lives in Illinois and I live in North Carolina. It has been an emotional time and still feels surreal, but we've been talking nonstop since Thursday night. I think this is really helping him to piece his life together.

Thanks again from the bottom of my heart! I can't say enough good things about Julie and the SQA team for piecing this puzzle together. It's going to take some time for us both to adjust, but so far...so good!

Written by Mica Burton on Tracy's behalf.

(Client ID# 270068)
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