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Posted: 1/23/2010
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

My name is Ranae and I can't say enough about the amazing staff at SQA!! Seriously, they are miracle workers and my only regret in the whole situation is that I didn't call them soon! Let me back up. I was searching for my husband's birth father. He was actually raised by his maternal grandparents and his teenage mother. She was only 16 when he was born in 1975, and his birth father was 22. When he found out she was pregnant, he panicked and wanted nothing to do with the situation. He went off to college with the encouragement of both sets of parents. Gwen's parents told him that if he ever came around again they would press charges against him. Robert's maternal grandparents were very protective; they took guardianship over him right after he was born and raised him as their own child. They never allowed his father or even his paternal grandparents to be a part of his life. Somehow, even though they forbade his presence or interference in Robert's life, they blamed him for not supporting Robert financially or being there when he needed them. Robert remembers that during his childhood, his father and paternal grandparents tried to visit him several times with no luck. Even their gifts were returned.

Robert was taught to be fiercely loyal to his family, and he lived much of his life without even a thought to contact his birth father or paternal grandparents. As time passed, however, he learned to express gratitude for the role models in his life without feeling the need to have their approval all of the time. He started to wonder about his paternal family, and when we had our first child, he was overcome with emotion not only at the new addition to our family, but realizing that his own father never had the opportunity to watch Robert be born. I think that was when he really decided that he would pursue the search.

His case was assigned to Julie Jones, who was fabulous every step of the way. She worked hard and pursued leads I never thought would go anywhere. All she knew was that Robert's father's name was Andrew and that his paternal family owned a Goodyear Shop in a suburb of Chicago in 1975. She also knew that the family had a summer home in Edgerton, WI across the street from a family Robert's mom used to babysit for--that's how they met. About half-way through the search, we also remembered that Robert's grandmothers name was Gwen, and she was his grandfather's first wife. Julie took this information and contacted city directories, ran internet searches, and even called the old neighbor who still lives across the street from the house Robert's dad grew up in. One thing led to another and finally Julie stumbled onto Robert's uncle, whose name is Edward. Edward agreed to put us in touch with Robert's family and voila! Case closed.

Roberts family was so thrilled to meet him! They called him right away and expressed their deep regret that they were unable to be a part of his life. When it became clear that his maternal family would not let them into Robert's life, they eventually gave up trying, Over time, they moved to another city and lost track of Robert altogether. We are all just so grateful for Search Quest America and for the opportunity to solve this mystery and find answers for Robert. He has been lighter, more energetic, and more confident since the day he found out that his family still knows remembers, and loves him. That is knowledge that can't be bought and I am so happy we decided to pay the price to make it happen for him. He has a new pep in his step. I definitely recommend SQA. Ask for Julie. She's the BEST!

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

Client ID# 229222
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