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Posted: 1/2/2010
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

I started this search to help my cousin Suzanne Holcomb find her birth parents/family. She had no idea that I initiated the search for her, or that I knew how much it meant to her. Her birth name is Carlene Ann Henry, she was adopted by William and Phyllis White in Portland, Maine. Suzanne did not find out she was adopted until her adopted mother died over 3 years ago. She was cleaning out her mother's home and found the adoption papers under a drawer liner. Suzanne is disabled and in a wheelchair and suffers from Parkinsons and Supra Nuclear Palsy. I have been helping her over the past 3 years trying to locate her birth parents. This is Suzanne's last wish to find her birth parents or siblings she may have.

I have been told by experts in the field that Suzette's case is "solveable." We have the adoption papers and the amended birth certificate with Suzannes adoptive parents names. We even have a copy of the original birth certificate with the birth mothers name. Yet even with all of this information, I had no idea what the next step was. That’s why I contactedSearch Quest America to guide me through the process step by step and help me find the answers for Suzanne before it was too late.

When I signed up and my case was assigned to Julie Jones, she warned me that I should be prepared for the worst and hope for the best. She also instructed me to be patient and work with her every step of the way. We kept in contact throughout the search, and we finally found the answers four months later.

Suzannes birth mother had been a housewife when Suzanne was born in 1946. She was conceived from an affair with a local law enforcement officer. The birth mother decided to give the baby up for adoption and did not meet any resistance from the birth father, whose name is Dennis. About five years ago, Suzannes mother came down with an undiagnosed illness and died shortly thereafter. However, Denis is still alive and when Julie called him to break the ice, he was overjoyed! I emailed him pictures of Suzanne right away and the first thing he said was "Suzanne has my mothers eyes."

The next day, Dennis called Suzanne and welcomed her warmly into the familyeven though he had never told a soul that he had another daughter. Suzanne is blessed to have 2 half-siblings, a brother and a sister. They have been in constant communication since the day they spoke for the first time. They exchanged photos, life stories, and their hopes and dreams for the future. For me it is so refreshing to see Suzanne with goals again for the first time in a while. I can't help but grin at the new spring in her step and I am grateful that I had a part in that.

One interesting fact that Dennis told me is that his mother had an undiagnosed illness before she died that sounds like Parkinson's and that is what Suzanne has. Also there was a history of MS on her side of the family in addition to a heart ailment which Suzanne was just recently diagnosed with. Not that it makes the situation any better, but it does give her some closure. We are developing a list of questions to see if we can determine the connection between Suzannes birth mother and adoptive mother. It appears that they may have known each and arranged the adoption privately. Both women have since passed away, but we are confident that they are looking down on all of us, happy that we have all found one another. Dennis is still trying to wrap his arms around this situation, but he has stepped up to the plate with ease and I am grateful that he has been so open. Meeting him was Suzannes final wish, but now she is looking forward to the future instead of dwelling in the past. Thank you so much Julie and SQA for your hard work! You performed a miracle for Suzanne and I thank you for blessing her with peace of mind. We are not sure what the next step is or where to go from here, but Suzette is leading the way and Dennis is following, so that is all we can ask for! Thanks again.

(Written by Mica Burton on JoAnns behalf.)

Client ID# 245381
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