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Posted: 12/5/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

I am writing to you to ask for your help to find my biological father that I only knew existed when I was 26. I grew up thinking that the man who raised me was my father, and I found out the truth a few days after he passed away from a sudden heart attack. I am a lesbian that is unconditionally loved by my family, but I understand that there are many people out there who still do not accept my lifestyle choices and what I consider to be an essential part of my identity.

I have decided that I deserve the right to know my true birth father. What keeps me up at night is the fear that when I find him, he may be unwilling to meet me because of my life choices. Yet I wonder if there are family members out there looking for me. I wonder if I may even have met them on the street without knowing it. This doesn't eat at me all the time, but it is always there, I feel like there is a part of me missing. I'm getting to the age that it is quite possible that he has passed away, but I still want to try.

I have written to every talk show and reality tv show out there, including Oprah, Maury, Montel, and Steve Lasko, and none of them even replied to my emails. These rejections left me feeling alone and insignificant. Finally I found the website for Search Quest America and after spending time reading through testimonials and success stories and employee bios, I had a good feeling about the company and really felt like I could trust them. Those feelings were confirmed from my first conversation. I spoke with Linda and she helped me feel validated by really listening to what I had to say. She reassured me that my case was solve-able and offered all the resources I needed to put the pieces together.

My case was assigned to Julie Jones and it was solved in only 5 days! I never expected it to happen that fast! And even though I watched reunion after reunion played out on TV, I wasnt prepared for the powerful emotions I felt when Julie told me she had found him and was planning to make contact that night. I kept busy scrubbing my house and doing laundry until finally I got the call.

When Julie explained who she was, my father simply said, "Im gonna be honest with you maam. I was a partier back then and I dont remember that womans name, but anythings possible, so I aint gonna deny it. Id be happy to meet her if thats what youre asking." I spoke with my father, whose name is Chuck, that same evening and it turns out we have more in common than I ever imagined. He has accepted me for who I am and we look forward to getting together before the end of the year to meet in person. I set out on this journey because I wanted to have a life-changing experience, and SQA really came through for me. I thank you all for your hard work and for being true to your reputation! I knew I could trust you, and you didnt let me down. Thank you!

(Written by Mica Burton on Shelleys behalf.)

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