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Posted: 7/22/2011
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

I am searching for the daughter I was forced to give up at her birth to save my family from humiliation. I was an unwed mother in a very conservative family in 1968 and my parents made it very clear that I didn't have the option of keeping the baby. The adoption became the elephant in the room, and I was never the same after giving her up. I have searched for her for years. I need to know that she is alive and well, but I'm afraid she might not want to see me. The adoptive family planned to name her Whitney Holyn, and were going to call her Holly.

My mother passed in 1997 and never once mentioned Holly. My dad passed in 2006 and one day before he died, he asked very softly that he wondered where the little one was. I know he suffered guilt and could see the torment it brought me. I decided to embark on this journey with the support and encouragement of my son, who has promised to be with me through every step of the search, good or bad. I can't contain my emotions as I wonder how this will turn out, but I can't go on wondering anymore. Even if it takes months or years to find Holly, it will be worth it to put these doubts and fears to rest.

My researcher, Julie Jones, contacted me last May. We had a good chat as she verified the information, and told me I should be patient and plan to wait several months for the case to be solved. When she called back three days later I assumed she wanted to ask me a few more questions. I was flabbergasted when she told me the case had already been solved!

Someone years ago told me that there is no such thing as coincidences. Tears come to my eyes when I think about how easy it was to find Hollyn. 2 days after I mustered the courage to send an inquiry to SQA and open a case, she ALSO got online, found SQA, and sent an inquiry of her own! She put in all the information she had and wrote, "I'm compelled to meet the woman who was strong enough to offer me a life she was unable to offer at the time." When Julie opened our case files side by side, it was immediately clear that our stories are one and the same. Although her adoptive parents did not name her Whitney Hollyn, she knew about their plans and the birth name was the key that linked us together so quickly. All of the other information, like the date and place of birth, matched also.

How crazy is it that in a 48-hour time period, both mother and daughter felt compelled to seek out the same company?! I almost can't believe it myself, but it's true. When Julie gave me this news I knew immediately that our reunion was going to go well. My worst fear had been that Hollyn might not want to reunite with me, but once it was clear she was looking for me too, my nervousness evaporated and I knew everything was going to be ok. Better than ok, Great! We have talked on the phone almost daily. Hollyn said, "Thank God they didn't name me Whitney!" and I can't help but think, "Thank God for this whole miracle."

Hollyn and I will finally be meeting the weekend of July 23rd. I am so excited and she seems to be. I just sent her an email and told her that I have reserved us a suite for us. Her husband Sean is coming with her so I will get to meet him as well.

My oldest and dearest friend is going with me. She told me straight up that I was not going alone and she would busy herself shopping while Hollyn and I become acquainted. I will let you know how our meeting goes and I am so grateful that you were able to find her and find her well. You are an angel!

Written by Mica Burton on Sue's behalf.

(Client ID# 288877)
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