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Posted: 2/21/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

When Kerri decided to search for her birth family, she had no idea she would talk with them just 3 days later. Like many adoptees she has been asking questions about her birth family for over 30 years. Who does she look like? Whose nose does she have? What should she know about her family medical records? Thanks to Search Quest America, these questions have all been answered.

Kerri was born in Canada and adopted by American parents. When Alberta recently opened their adoption records, Kerri obtained her original birth certificate, which contained her birth parents names and dates of birth. This was the missing puzzle piece that allowed researcher Lori to find Kerri's birth family.

"I had called several private investigators before, but there was always a thousand dollar retainer with any number of fees." She tried finding her birth family on her own through the internet, but without success. "I have made a lot of cold calls in my lifetime, but never found the missing pieces I was looking for." When she finally signed the contract with SQA Friday afternoon, she expected the search to last 6 months. But Lori called her Monday morning with bittersweet news.

Kerris birth mother had been found, but she passed away 3 years earlier. "She had been searching for me for a long time," Kerri said, "of course it was hard to get the news, but it turns out I have a little brother!" She was nervous to make the first phone call, but her birth family has welcomed her with open arms. "I'm basically part of the family already!"

It turns out that they had been looking for her too. Kerri visited them in Toronto soon after being reunited. She hugged her brother for the first time, became best friends with her cousin, and finally got the answers she had been searching for. She found photographs of her birth father and discovered that she looks just like him. She got to know her birth mother by listening to stories and poring over the family photo albums. She learned the circumstances behind her adoption and finally understood that the decision to put her up for adoption was made with love.

Kerri's little brother came to visit her in California for Christmas, and she plans to attend a family reunion in May, where the rest of her family is anxious to meet her. "I have had a very good life, but it's better now, thanks to Lori and the staff at Search Quest America!"

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