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Posted: 12/28/2011
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

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I have one older brother and sister. My father divorced my mother when I was two. When I was four, my mother became pregnant (father unknown). She decided to give the child up for adoption. My father helped her with the adoption process and I THINK his name may be on the adoption papers. Prior to my mother's death last year we talked about the baby boy she put up for adoption. She told me that she did it through a private adoption agency "Long Beach Adoption Agency" and she believed he was adopted by the "Kennedy" family. I often think of my half-brother. My mother did remarry and I also have a younger half-sister, Laura. I would like to locate him very much.

I was very pleased with my search over all. Who knew that after a lifetime of searching, I would receive such good news so quickly. My researcher located my brother, John's current contact information. She also found out he is currently married and has two children. She obtained his sister's contact information, and even made the first phone call to break the ice. It turns out he actually did not grow up knowing he was adopted. In fact, he just learned the truth when the investigator called him for the first time. That is a horrible way to learn you are adopted, and I've tried to be very understanding and give him the space he needs to talk to his family and get everything sorted out.

After the shock wore off, I noticed the family was been very warm and inviting to me. They opened up their home and although they don't have much to offer in this poor economy, I've been impressed by the way they take care of one another. It has been so refreshing to see how much we look alike. My brother and I both have a humongous, prominent nose. Our eyebrows are almost the same and we have the same shaped toes (tall in the big toe, then a perfect diagonal down to the pinky toe.)

These all seem like such minor details, but it can be very interesting and it sure feels like we are learning new things about each other every time we talk. I guess in many ways, our reunion is your run-of-the mill story. But to me it's the most important story I have ever told because it's my story. We are on a pathway to getting to know each other and I'm just so grateful for the opportunity to do it in this life. I hear all these other stories about biological parents or even siblings who pass away, leaving their biological family members without any chance of ever meeting them and getting their questions answered. It feels so good to be moving in the right direction.

I don't have many friends who have long lost loved ones, so I'm sending this story out into the great divide of internet readers. I want everyone to know how good it feels to meet your family member for the first time, and see connections take root and continue to grow. If you're holding back and worrying about all the what-ifs, just DO IT! Start your search and see where it takes you. I couldn't end my story without saying a HUGE thank you to SQA. Sincerely from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

Written by Mica Burton on behalf of Karen.
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