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Posted: 11/4/2011
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

No one likes to see a loved one in pain or ill. Well, my husband Chad has been experiencing both for several months now. He's always known he was adopted and though he doesn't often talk about his feelings, I can tell it really bothers him not to know the whys behind her choice to put him up for adoption. Even though he knows there are lots of reasons people make that kind of decision, he keeps thinking somehow it must be his fault.

Well like I said recently he started having some serious medical problems. Having a full family medical history could be the missing piece of the puzzle to help his doctor's figure out what's wrong with him. I feel so powerless on those late-night trips to the ER. I can hold his hand, rub his back, and comfort him, but I am powerless to give him what he really needs: answers. Every time I have suggested searching for his birth mother, he always says "I just couldn't hurt my mom like that." He is a very loving, loyal son and that's part of the reason I love him so much.

I was so relieved when one day Chad's mom came to the hospital one day with his adoption file. She said, "I think it's about time you find out where you come from, don't you?" We were both shocked, but so excited at this new turn of events. The files revealed that Chad was born in Siloam Springs, Arkansas on March 5, 1979. His birth mother's name was Tina Schnick Wilson. Armed with this information we went online and started searching adoption registries. For hours we pored over birth mothers who had placed babies for adoption in Arkansas in 1979. Finally, we hit pay dirt! On one registry we found a woman describing Chad to a T. Her name was Tina, and the birth date and city even matched the adoption file we had. She even posted a short story of her adoption on Birthmothers Exploited.

The hardest part was figuring out who to call to see if it was a match or not. We contacted Search Quest America and talked to Susan Friel-Williams. With her connections she was able to access the registry and confirmed that we had indeed found Chad's birth mother! Even better, Tina always made sure her contact information was up to date, so Susan was able to call the number listed and not only was it in service, but Tina answered on the first attempt!
I am so grateful because it seems like this reunion was just meant to be. I believe there is God who gives us mini-miracles.

Why else would Chad's mom decide to give us the information that day? How did we just happen to find the right investigator who is also the voluntary administrator of the reunion registry we were looking at when she just happened to be available? Who helped Tina to have the courage to put her information out there in hopes that someday we would find her? Thank God for mini-miracles.

SQA, we would like to thank you for your quick response and help finding my husband's birth mother. We have been in contact with her today. They both are happy to finally find each other. Now we have the medical information Chad's doctors need to help him get healthy. We also learned that he has 2 brothers, sister and nieces/nephews. Thank you so much for making this possible. We appreciate you and all you do to help others to find that missing link they are looking for. God bless and have a wonderful day!

Written by Mica Burton on behalf of Search Quest America Client Jamie and Chad.
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