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Posted: 8/30/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

"The last time I saw my father I was three years old. From the stories I heard he wanted to be involved in my life and was not given the chance. My birth mother gave me up for adoption to family friends to keep in touch with me. When my father was visiting me, my birth mother's new husband argued with my father then I was told he left and I never saw or heard from him again. I have always wondered what happened to him and yearned to have a relationship with him. I'm a grown man now, but I still need to know my father. I want him to be proud of the man I have become. My birth mother has given me all the information she had to help me find him. I have had no luck. It was not long ago that you helped my brother-in-law reunite with his daughter. Maybe with all your resources you will be able to find him before it is too late."

Heinz Simoniet contacted Search Quest America to help him locate his birth father. He considered all the possibilities--that he might be dead, in prison, a deadbeat, or unwilling to reunite with his son. He imagined the worst alternatives, and never dared hope for a joyful reunion. That is, however, exactly what he got.

Heinz' case was assigned to SQA researcher Julie Jones. Julie called to introduce herself to him one morning, and explained that the case might take a while to solve. Heinz was prepared to wait, but was unprepared for the phone call he received that same night from Julie. She had already located his birth father, Paul Harder! Julie started by finding his current address in New York, then his parents address in California. Finally, she located Ruby, Pauls ex-wife and gave her a call. An unidentified man anwered the phone and took a message. He asked, "Can I know what this is about?" Julie replied, "No, its a personal matter. Just tell him its about Schotze. Do you need me to spell it?" Schotze was Heinz' nickname growing up. The man replied, "SHOTZE? I know all about Schotze. Paul has been looking for him for years! I'll call him right now."

A few hours later, Paul called back. He was overjoyed to be found and a few minutes later he was speaking with his son for the first time. He wasn't the toddler he remembered, but a grown man with a family of his own. Paul had been searching for Heinz throughout the years, but never knew if he would be welcomed back into his life after such a long separation. His biggest regret in life was losing touch with his son, and he vowed never to repeat it. So far, he has been good to his word. This summer he planned a family reunion to celebrate Heinz' return to the fold. For both of them, it is a new beginning.

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

Client ID#238487
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