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Posted: 9/19/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

My father's name is Louis Raul Cabrea Castro. He is about 49 years old today and I was only 2 years old the last time I saw him. My sister and I were born in Puerto Rico and later moved to New York. No one in my family can tell me what happened between him and my mother, but one day he disappeared never to be heard from again. He and my mother had a whirlwind romance while he was in the military, but we still have so many unanswered questions. Our mother was killed in a tragic car accident when we were younger. We never got to ask important questions like how did they meet? Where and when did they fall in love? What were my father's interests, what did he look like, and do I resemble him in any way? Besides bearing his name I share with my father a cultural heritage and identity. My sister and I have wondered about our father's family our entire lives. Do they ever think about us? Do they feel the same emptiness in their hearts as we feel in ours? I guess I am more fortunate than some people because I have half a family, but is it too much to ask for a whole one?

My sister and I decided to contact Search Quest America because a reunion with our father would mean everything to us. Right away we knew that SQA was a company we could trust. We were not disappointed. Our case was assigned to SQA researcher Laura Bartling, who found my father in about two months. She discovered that he lives in South Dakota with his family.

When Laura called to give me the news, I was filled with joy! I also felt a knot in the pit of my stomach that I wasn't expecting. I wondered, will he want to make contact with us? What if he rejects us? I was abandoned by my father once, could I handle being rejected again? My sister and I thought about it for a few days, and we finally decided to send him a letter. We sat down one evening and poured our hearts out to him in writing, but in the process we forgot our fears and decided just to pick up the phone and call him.

The first time we called, we got his voice mail, and heard our father's voice for the first time. It gave me chills! We left a message asking him to give us a call back, and a few hours later he did! We explained who we were and waited anxiously for his rely. "Mis hijas! Mis hijas!" he exclaimed, meaning "my daughters, my daughters!" That first conversation went better than we ever expected, and the family has welcomed us into the fold as if we had never been removed. One of the most touching experiences so far was speaking with our Abuela (grandmother) over the phone for the first time. She wept tears of gratitude to have us back in her life, and insisted that we make arrangements to come see her and the rest of the family. We were so worried about interrupting their lives, but they have reminded us that by searching for them, we have made their family whole again. We plan to meet everyone in a few months, and I am proud of my decision to search for my family--it took real courage to pick up the phone, but I am a stronger person because of it. Thank you Search Quest America for helping my dream come true!

(Written by Mica Burton on Marias behalf.)

Client ID# 247565
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