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Posted: 8/15/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

I don't know how any woman could put a child up for adoption. But I recognize that until you've been there, you can't judge. I am looking for my birth mother not because I'm angry with her, but because my entire life I have dreamed of showing her what a wonderful person I've become. I would love for her to see my 3 grown children and my 2 grandkids. I need to fill this hole in my heart and make my life complete. And mostly, I want to thank her for giving me life and a loving home to grow up in. She was only 15 years old when I was born, and she did the right thing by putting me up for adoption. I have had a wonderful life.

When I started this search, all I knew about my identity is that at birth I was known as baby girl Neumann. I had the original adoption decree, and my birth mother's name at the time of my birth--LaDonna Neumann. I was born in Des Moines in 1962, but never thought I had enough information to find her.

Julie, SQA Researcher, proved me wrong practically overnight! First, Julie found my birth mother's sister, Jeannette, who passed away at the age of 81. The information in her obituary was the key to solving my case. The obituary revealed that Jeannette was survived by her sister, LaDonna Cleveland of Shakopee, Minn. These five words gave Julie my birth mother's married name and her current location. From there it was a simple phone book search and Julie was on the phone with my birth mother for the first time.

I was so relieved when Julie called to tell me that she had spoken with my birth mother, who was not only still alive, but eager to meet me. I steeled myself for the phone call Julie promised would be coming that night. The first thing my mother said to me was, "Hope, that's the perfect name for you." It seems so strange that the woman who carried me for 9 months could live 47 years without knowing my name. Our conversation was life-changing. I hadn't realized the depth of the hole in my heart until it was filled. I told her all about my life, my career, my family, goals, and dreams. I assured her that I had a wonderful life and thanked her for making the decision to put me up for adoption. She told me she was proud of the person I have become--I realized that I have been waiting to hear those words my entire life. I never knew that one conversation could change me so much, and though I imagined it a hundred times over the years, the reality was so much better than imagination! I am excited to meet my brother, Jim, and expect that this is the beginning of a wonderful relationship. Thanks, Julie and Search Quest America, for making this dream come true for both of us!

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

Client ID# 247219
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