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Posted: 3/25/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

/images/stories.asp?i=20110523134217.0.jpgAs a young adult, Melody was determined to find her birth mother. Melody was adopted as an infant, and her birth mother worked with her adoptive parents. She was a high school student in Tampa, Florida and her parents remembered she had blond hair and blue eyes.

When Melody turned 18 she petitioned the court to have her adoption records opened, but was denied. Instead, she received a report from the State of Florida that included her birth mother's maiden name, age, and physical description. Melody took these clues one step further--she researched Tampa school records and discovered that at the time of her birth, there were only four high schools in Tampa. She took a friend and went to each of the high schools. She pored over pages and pages of yearbooks until she found a blond-haired blue-eyed girl with the right last name. Her first name was Poly.

Armed with this information, she was ready to begin her search. Her sister-in-law saw the Troy the Locator show and encouraged her to go to the website to get more information. She wrote an email, and said, "I have been looking on and off for my natural mother since I was 18. I have always wanted to know who she is and thank her for giving me a great life. She made the right decision and I'm doing great. I have a handful of info on her but I'm at a dead end. I'm not sure where to go from here. Please help."

A few days later Melody received call from Linda. "She let me know that they could definitely help me because I had enough information, but it was right before Christmas and the search was out of my price range." Luckily, Melody's sister-in-law wasn't willing to give up. She sent a secret email to all of Melody's friends and asked them to help her give Melody the best Christmas present ever--they were happy to help.

Melody spoke with SQA's research team for the first time Tuesday morning. By Wednesday, she had her birth mother's location and phone number. She was shocked to discover that for the past 10 years she has lived 5 miles away from her birth mother and grandmother in Birmingham, Alabama. "My grandmother lives off a main highway and I've been passing her house every day for 10 years!"

The search happened so fast that Melody didn't feel prepared for the reunion. But her birth mother and grandmother were extremely receptive. They had been hoping for years that Melody would find them one day. "My birth mother always thought about looking for me, but she didn't know how I would feel about her. She thought I might be angry and she didn't want to disrupt my life."

Poly works as a neonatal nurse in Birmingham, but she was never able to have other children. Every time she held a newborn child in her arms she ached for Melody. "They all welcomed me with open arms. They even had a big open house with a huge balloon that said 'It's a GIRL'."

Since being reunited, Melody and Poly have discovered several coincidences. Not only do they live in the same town, they also have the same striking blue eyes. Poly never knew her daughter's name, but she always thought of her as "Dawn," which is Melody's middle name. Melody says, "I really never imagined it could be this way. Everyone warned me that I should be careful and that it might not turn out well. But it has! And I'm so happy. It has been an amazing journey."

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