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Posted: 2/13/2010
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

My father has never been in my life. As I have gotten older, I have gotten curious about who he is, what he is like, and where he is. I wonder what kind of man my father is. I would like to find my father so he can see what kind of young lady I have turned out to be. I have come to a point in my life where I would really like to meet him.

My story, like many others, begins with the earliest dreams of my childhood. When I was 5 or 6 I saw a Hallmark commercial that showed a man picking out the perfect Valentine for his sweetheart and bringing it home with a single rose. One would assume that the card was intended for his wife or girlfriend, but what always stood out to me is that the card and flower were for his little girl. It's totally ridiculous that I still remember that commercial, but that was the first moment I remember feeling the emptiness that comes with being raised by a single parent. Naturally, I went to my mother several times over the years for questions. I asked what he looked like, how they met, whether or not he had dimples, or if my eyes were the same color as his. She told me his name was Patrick O'Donovan and that when they met and fell in love, he was working as a ground crew at the San Francisco airport. She told me he had 3 younger siblings, Dominic, Anthony, and Margaret.

One of the first things she fell in love with was his European accent. His family was Irish and Patrick was raised in East Acton, London, so mom always said he had a lilt in his voice that she couldn't resist. They dated for several months until his work visa expired and he returned home to England. She never saw him again, but a few months later she discovered she was pregnant with me. Often as she brushed my deep red hair, she would tell me stories about their time together and that I looked just like him. I liked to think he would have been proud of me and all that I accomplished through my adolescence and now into my early adulthood. Yet even as I have gotten older I can't help but long for the relationship I have always envied. The fact that Patrick is likely living abroad today has deterred me from searching seriously for him.

However, when I contacted Search Quest America to get an idea of what I was up against, I was surprised to learn that they were confident they could reunite me with not only my father, but the rest of my birth family as well. Of course I was worried that it was too good to be true, but with my mother's blessing I took a leap of faith and decided to search anyway. I was not disappointed! Julie Jones solved my case in only 2 months. When all the traditional methods failed to pan out, Julie sorted through hundreds of people on Facebook and corresponded with a member of my birth family via email.

Finally, Julie convinced her to pass my contact information along to my birth father. I waited in anticipation and less than a week ago, my dad called me for the first time! I just want to thank Andy, Julie, and Susan at Search Quest America for following my case through to the happy ending. It looks like we are off to a great start and this new beginning would not be possible without Search Quest America.

I may not have the Halmark ending I always dreamed of as a child, but I anticipate a bright future ahead for both of us. I owe you all a batch of cookies, a vacation, my firstborn or something!! Please accept my humble thanks and use my story as a testimonial of your skills, compassion, and integrity. Best of luck in the future...Kristen.

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

Client ID# 261786
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