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Posted: 10/14/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

"We want to find our daughter's birth parents for her. Ever since she had a baby of her own, Amanda has ached to find her birth parents. She is about to graduate high school, and we want to surprise her by finding her birth parents. This would mean a lot to my husband, Gary and I to be able to fill the hole in our daughter's life. We know her full birth name was Arianna Elizabeth Lynn and that she was born in a Grand Forks Hospital. She was delivered by Dr. Bernard Hoggarth and we are not sure which hospital it was. We also know that her birth Dad and Mom both drank and Amanda was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. We are not sure that her birth Mom is still alive since she was ill from liver disease and we have told our daughter that she might not be alive anymore. However, Amanda does not know we are trying to find her birth parents right now and we would like to give her this most special gift for finishing school with good grades despite her being educationally challenged. We also want to reward our daughter for not quitting school even though she had a baby. Our daughter and her fiance, Jesse, plan on getting married next year and it would be so nice if Amanda's birth parents could be there for her special day."

Amanda's case was assigned to SQA researcher Patty just days before Amanda's graduation. Today, Amanda's birth mother, Clarisse, lives in Fargo and is still in contact with Amanda's birth father. Clarisse was very surprised to hear from Patty, but was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet her daughter.

"I never thought that my daughter would find me so soon. I hoped that one day she would want to find me, but since she is only 19 I expected it to take longer. When I found out that she already has a baby of her own I was so surprised! I can't seem to process the fact that I am a grandmother already. Amanda's adoptive parents asked me to call her at a specific time the day of her graduation. I took the day off work to collect my thoughts and then waited anxiously for the appointed time. My hands were shaking as I dialed the number and my heart almost beat out of my chest as I listened to the phone ring on the other end. Our first conversation was joyful! I was proud to tell her that her birth father and I are still together. Not only did she find her birth mother, she also found her birth father at the same time. I am so impressed that her adoptive parents love her enough to give her what she really needs. They have raised her well and stood by her even through the hard times, and even as she gave birth to a child out of wedlock. My parents were not as understanding, so I know how much it must mean to Amanda to have them. I am sorry I wasn't able to be there for her through the years, but I am thankful that they were there for her instead and that their hearts are open wide enough to let me be a part of her life. I am truly blessed to know her."

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

Client ID# 245918
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