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Posted: 5/16/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

"My name is Sandra and I am writing to you for my sister. Here is her story:

"My sister and I were abused as children. When she was 13, Rebecca became pregnant as a result of the abuse and she was moved to my grandparents' house to live during her pregnancy. She delivered a baby during the summer of 1975. The baby was whisked away and she was never allowed to see it or know the sex of the child. I ran to the nursery and got a glimpse of the baby to see what the sex was. It was a baby boy.

"The baby was given up for adoption, and we went on with our lives in a different city and different school as if nothing had ever happened. Years passed and as adults we began to wonder what ever happened to that little boy. We tried to find him, but have not had any luck.

"My sister is my role model in so many ways. She is so kind-hearted that she donated her kidney last year to her half sister. I know that this part of her life causes her pain. She rose above a terrible situation and then her baby was taken from her--she needs to know that he is ok. Our step-father adopted both of us when we were in junior high. We do not know whether our parents used her real name or her adopted name at the time of her birth.

"I realize that you may not be able to help us, but we hope that you will at least give us some direction. The child was born in the summer of 1975 at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in Los Angeles, Ca. My sister has the Doctor's name somewhere in a file. We tried to get information and sent a request form to Sacramento, but no records were found. My name is Sandra and I want to do this for my sister. Please help us."

That was the email Sandra first sent to Search Quest America in February. After Becky decided to pursue the search, her case was assigned to Susan, who found her son Rhett living in Idaho two weeks later.

Rhett always knew he was adopted. From time to time he toyed with the idea of finding his birth mother and learning the circumstances behind his adoption, but he was happy with his life the way it was and never pursued the search. When Susan first called his home, his younger brother answered the phone. Since he was also adopted, he knew right away what was going on when Susan explained that she finds missing friends and family for a living. He gave her Rhett's cell phone number.

When Rhett received the phone call he was on the highway somewhere between North Dakota and Idaho. He drives truck for a living and goes to school part time at Idaho State University.

"When Susan first contacted me I thought she was pulling my leg. But she came down with the facts. She knew a lot about me and the circumstances of my birth. I had to pull over at a rest stop and call her back after my hands stopped shaking. I mean, I always knew this day would come. I have 2 siblings who are also adopted and sometimes we talked about how crazy it would be to receive a phone call out of the blue one day. Well this was my moment, and I didn't know what to say. It was so sudden.

"But I was open to meeting my birth mother. My parents raised me to know that my adoption was the best thing that could have happened to me. I never felt any resentment towards her. I knew she was very young when I was born, and that it must have been a very painful situation for her.

"Susan asked me if it was ok to give Becky my phone number. I said go right ahead, let them call me. I don't have any hard feelings. I was a nervous wreck for the next 3 or 4 hours. Finally, Becky's sister Sandy contacted me first. We had a good talk, but I was a mess for 2 weeks after that. I don't know why, really. It was just strange to think that I went 33 years without knowing the details and secrets of my past, and then in one phone call its like BAM--here you go.

"We met face to face 2 weeks after that first phone call. She lives in California. She flew to Salt Lake and she came up to Idaho and got to meet my whole family. It was a little strange for me to see my birth mom and my adoptive mom get together and talk like old friends. But I was happy it went so smoothly.

"Mothers Day is coming up soon and I've already spent several hours in different grocery stores trying to find her the perfect card. We talk every day. My four kids got to meet her, and were excited to welcome her into our lives. It's a great beginning, and I'm happy she found me."

(Written by Mica Burton on Sandy, Becky, and Rhett's behalf.)

Client ID# 231515
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