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Posted: 1/27/2010
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

I am writing this letter today as a gesture of thanks for the hard work of Susan and Julie, members of the Search Quest America Team. They were key players in the successful resolution to my search for my birth mother. I want to share my story in the hopes that it will inspire others like me to take action and solve the mystery of their background, as I did.

I spent my childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, and the first part of my married life just like any other person. I had no idea I was adopted and only found out about a month before my first child was born. During that time in my life, I learned that my mother had a serious disease and was not expected to live more than 6 months. One day she invited me and my wife over for Sunday breakfast. She sat us down on the couch and informed me that she and my father had decided it was time to tell me that I was adopted. They told me I was born in Birmingham, Alabama on January 21, 1952. My mother was married and I was conceived from an affair. Her husband forced her to give me up for adoption for the sake of her marriage. They remembered that her name was Geneva, like the place in Switzerland, but besides that they had no other information. I was stunned, and had a hard time figuring out what to say. I could not be angry at them for withholding the information. With this new knowledge, they also gave me their blessing that if I ever had a desire to find my birth family, they would support my decision.

Over 30 years have passed since that day. During that time I have thought long and hard about searching for my birth mother. Finally, a friend of a friend provided me with SQA's contact information and encouraged me to send an email. I talked it over with my wife and my children, and with everyone's support, I initiated the search.

I could not possibly be more pleased! Julie walked me through the process of applying for my original Alabama birth certificate. This provided us with the clues we needed to find my birth mother, Geneva Densmore, from Osceola, Florida. Unfortunately she passed away in 2004. This came as great disappointment to me, but I was grateful for the opportunity to meet my natural brother and 2 sisters. When Julie contacted them, they were just as stunned as I had been. None of them had any recollection or even an inkling that our mother had another child, but they were able to confirm her identity and everything on my non-identifying information matched to a T.

I just want to tell you all that you did a great job making my dreams come true. I now have the answers to all of my questions, including my medical history and information about my genealogy. Naturally, I regret that my birth mother passed away before we could meet, but I am grateful for the many ways my life has been enriched by meeting my half-siblings. I am incredibly grateful for my friend who suggested I call SQA. I have given out their contact information several times myself and I am excited to give my friends the gift I have been given--finally knowing who I am and where I come from. May you each lead long, happy lives full of opportunities to bless the lives of others, as you have blessed mine. Sincerely, Stan Graham"

(Written by Mica Burton on Stans behalf.)

Client ID# 231322
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