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Posted: 3/21/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

"Please help me, I am running out of options." That's all Lanette wrote in her first email to Search Quest America. She has been searching for her mother Cynthia for as long as she can remember.

She grew up in a difficult household. Her father was abusive and her mother ran away from him and took Lanette and her brothers with her. After struggling financially for several months, Cynthia realized she didn't have the means to raise her children alone, and made the most difficult decision of her life--she gave them back to their father. Lanette was only three at the time. As an adult she always dreamed of finding Cynthia and getting to know her.
Lanette's case was solved in 14 days, but when she received the phone call from SQA's research team, the news was bittersweet. Cynthia was remarried and had three other children, two boys and a girl, Lanette's half siblings. Tragically, Cynthia passed away in 2000 in an accidental house fire. She was trying to make sure her three children, Adam, Chris, and Felicia, made it to safety. They were rescued in time, but Cynthia was killed in the fire.

Her son Chris was 13 and even at 20 he still can't talk about that night without getting choked up. He always knew he had other siblings. "She talked about them all the time. She didn't want us to forget our other sister and brothers. She just didn't know how to find them."

When Chris first got the phone call from SQA's research team, he was in shock. "I was a little hesitant to call Lanette, but I knew my mom would want us to know each other. So I finally got up the nerve and called her. I went outside to the pool and just picked up the phone. I can't describe what it felt like to hear her voice for the first time," he says.

Lanette was so eager to meet her siblings that the next day she purchased plane tickets for them. Chris dropped everything and flew to Oklahoma from Washington. "When you hear your mom talking about her other daughter, that curiosity grows over all those years, you have to do what you can to make it happen." Just two days after the initial phone call they met for the first time in the airport.

"The first second I saw her off the plane it was a lot of tears and a lot of emotion. Then when we stopped crying I realized she has mom's laugh, and that made me start crying all over again. Its like having a piece of her back again," Chris recalls.

For Lanette, the reunion is a dream come true. "I can't stop smiling, its just terrific. Its like a new life or something and I just want to cherish it." Lanette, Chris, and their siblings have promised not to ever lose touch of one another again. Chris says, "If you ever wanted to know, the joy of reunion is just indescribable. The mystery is gone and replaced by something precious."

When asked what advice they would give to others just beginning searches of their own, they replied collectively, "just do it!" Chris puts it best when he says, "there's a piece of life out there just waiting to be held. Don't wait another moment."

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