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Posted: 6/20/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

"Both of my adopted parents have been deceased for some time, my mother for 38 years and my father for 11 years now. I have no brothers and sisters. I have a very lonely spot in my heart because I don't know anything about my birth family. I feel that I will never be at peace until I find my mother or other members of my birth family. I understand that they might not want to have contact, or might even be deceased today. But I can't be at peace until I know one way or another. Can you help me?"

Darlene first wrote this email to Search Quest America on May 25, 2009. She hoped that she would finally be able to find the answers she has sought her entire life. She was not disappointed. Just three weeks later, when her researcher, Julie first called to introduce herself, her case had already been solved.

"The first time I ever spoke with Julie, she explained that she was my researcher and that even though I was prepared to wait up to six months for my case to be solved, she had already found my birth mother! I was shocked, and so grateful," Darlene said.

Darlene's birth mother Joyce lives in Nebraska. Unfortunately she recently went through a series of strokes and has trouble communicating. "I am just so grateful that I found her before her health failed even more. I'm relieved that she's still alive for me to put my arms around her and tell her that I love her."

Darlene has been blessed to become part of a very large extended family with siblings, aunts and uncles, and over 30 cousins. "My mother's sister was the first person to contact me. We cried together and she told me that the family has thought and prayed about me every day since I was born. They have always wondered what happened to me and prepared themselves for the day I would find them. I didn't have really high expectations going into the search because I know it was possible that my birth mother and her family may not be excited when I showed up all of a sudden. I could not have been more wrong. They have welcomed me with open arms and I am just so pleased with the way the search has turned out. I talk with my brother on the phone almost every day, and even though my sister doesn't want anything to do with me yet, I know she will come around in time and that is enough for me."

Darlene has been telling all of her friends about her positive experience with SQA. "I just had a good feeling about your company from the beginning. There's just something really honest about you all." Honesty and integrity are increasingly hard to come by these days, and Darlene is grateful to have found those qualities in SQA, "I knew I liked your company from the beginning. My expectations were surpassed tenfold!"

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

Client ID#245608
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