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Posted: 7/4/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

"I had no idea I was adopted until my mom and dad passed away in an accident twelve years ago. I was shocked to say the least, and in the midst of my sorrow at their passing I found hope in the prospect of finding my biological family. I have been searching for them ever since. As I have hit each dead end along the way I have felt so alone. One thing that sets me apart from most adoptees is that I was born deaf. My parents didn't find out until I was eight months old, but I was put up for adoption at four months. I have always wondered if my birth mother gave me up because of my disability. My friend Windy tries to reassure me that my birth mother couldn't have known, and that she must have had a good reason to put me up for adoption. Windy says it must have been the hardest thing she ever did, and that after holding me in her arms every day for four months, she must have loved me. I want to find her so that I can thank her for giving me a good life. I am told that I have at least three siblings, and I want to meet them as well. Unfortunately, over the last 12 years I have been scammed and duped and ripped off several times. One company charged me thousands of dollars and fed us so much false information that I don't know what to believe anymore. But there was something different about Search Quest America. They were so up-front and frank with us from the very first conversation that Windy and I decided to trust them with our search. This is our story."

Robbie's case was assigned to Search Quest America's CEO researcher and lead investigator, Susan Friel-Williams. Just a few weeks after receiving the case, Susan called Windy and Robbie to tell them the names of Robbie's birth mother and siblings. Unfortunately, contacting them directly was more difficult than anyone expected. Robbie's sister, Claudia plays pool at a well-known hall in California, but when Susan called the pool hall to get a message to her, the owner insisted that they didn't know anyone by that name. Windy and Susan tried over and over again, calling at different times and talking to different people who all denied knowing her.

Next, Susan helped Robbie and Windy write a letter, which they sent to Claudia's address. It was returned unopened. Windy says, "We ran into brick walls right and left. But Susan kept in contact with us, which made it a lot easier to trust her. The whole process was very discouraging for Robbie. He would come to me every day and it broke my heart to have tell him 'no, I haven't heard anything yet.' But Susan reassured us that she wasn't going to give up, and she used creative ways to find more information."

Meanwhile, Claudia was going through a difficult divorce. She grew up without ever knowing that her mother gave a child up for adoption, and every time someone called for her she assumed it was related to the divorce. She still lived in the same town and played pool at the hall on a regular basis, but she had instructed all of her friends to deny knowing her if anyone called. She kept her personal number unlisted and her friends were very loyal. Finally, six months after the initial attempt, the phone number for Claudia's son Jeff became available. Susan called him and convinced him to pass the message on to his mother that she had a brother who wanted to talk to her.

Windy recalls, "Susan called June 27th to tell us that she had spoken to Jeff, who then called Claudia to transmit the message that she had a brother she didn't know about. Wanting to know more, she had Jeff call and give Susan her unlisted telephone number. I called that evening. She and Robbie talked through me. It was like a miracle. Robbie's whole demeanor changed. We were disappointed to learn that Robbie's mom passed away in an ATV accident when Claudia was 14. But at least they have each other, another sister who lives in Holland, and a younger brother living in L.A. He has a big old family now, complete with a past and a history and a connection. He came to me the other day with a goofy grin and signed, 'I have a family now!' I can tell he is so happy. Every morning when Robbie wakes up, he texts Claudia, 'good morning sister' and she always responds, 'good morning brother.' Truly, you have all given us a wonderful gift, and we can't thank you enough! We have been telling all of our friends about your company and we hope you will continue to help others like us for many years to come. I would never go anywhere else!"

(Written by Mica Burton on Windy and Robbie's behalf.)

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