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Posted: 7/15/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

"I sent my son a birthday card for the first time this week. In the card I wrote, 'I have cried every year on this day for 45 years. This year I'm crying tears of joy. Thank you for the privilege of knowing you.' Today I also want to thank Search Quest America for making it happen. I can't believe I waited 45 years for a search that took less than a week!"

"When I was only 20, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and then gave him up for adoption. Although adoption is right for some people, I have been tormented by my decision ever since. I ask myself every single day what kind of life he had, and if he turned out to be somebody, or if he is still alive."

For Carol, finding for her son was the key to forgiving herself and moving on with her life. For years she has been weighted down by guilt and unanswered questions. "I never allowed myself to get pregnant again, I felt so guilty." Through the years she did everything she could to try to find her son--she spoke with the attorney who handled the adoption, visited the hospital where she gave birth, and even wrote letters to the doctors who delivered him--to no avail. Finally, she turned to Search Quest America. Susan, SQA's CEO and Head researcher, located him in Washington after only 4 days.

Carol was worried he wouldn't want to talk to her, but when Susan contacted him, he was so receptive that he booked a plane ticket to meet Carol the following week. Matt has led a very well-adjusted, happy life and is educated, intelligent, and full of class. He is a very successful software programmer and is president of a company that employs over 200 other programmers. "He's incredible," Carol says.

He brought with him photographs of Carol's two grandchildren, 15 and 17. One of them is even graduating high school this year as valedictorian. Carol couldn't be more proud.

"Dear Susan, I just want say thank you because I cannot find any other words to truly express the happiness that has been brought into my life. Finding my son is one of the greatest gifts that I ever received. It all happened so fast and with such grace that it still does not seem real. I still sit down every once in a while to shed a few tears and to try to grasp it all."

"My son flew in from Washington to meet us. We spent magical days together. We now have tickets to fly out there to meet the rest of the family. Again, thank you so very much for all you have done. Linda and yourself have been wonderful to work with. I have called other web sites and felt like I had called a used car lot, but working with you has been a very positive experience. The decision to find someone is a very emotional decision and needs to be treated as such. I am living a fairy tale! It is absolutely unreal."

This January Carol received her own birthday card in the mail. He wrote, "thank you for tracking me down. Love Matt."

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