I am having a perfect reunion with my birth mother, new step dad, two younger brothers, and multiple aunts, uncles, and cousins! What a joy to find so many new family members that I did not even know existed a month ago!
Thank you soooooooooooo much! We are really excited because we just heard from his adoptive mother. She is welcoming our family with open arms. Mom found she has two more grandchildren! This is all so excited. He is in prison, but the charge is not as serious as the sentence suggests. So we are relieved about that.
Thank you again for making my mothers (and my) dream come true.
(Re: Follow-up) It has been just about one year and your were able to help me find my birthmother side of the family. Since then I have met my half sister and her family, what a great experience. In my meeting with her, we discovered that her birth certificate revels another sibling which of course neither of us knew about. What do you think the chances are of another search for that sibling? I am also trying to find my birthfather, however other then my half sister all others are deceased.
Hi! I am an (Adoptee) and I am a member of Orphan Voyage in Jacksonville, FL. We told our group about your help with searches and I know a few of our members have used your help from time to time. I give your name to everyone that calls me now for information. People are just not coming to the groups anymore but I still get the phone calls for help.
I just want to thank you for your important work. I personally am very grateful for all that you do to help people. I believe in your mission. Please let me know if there is any support that I can give to your important work other than giving your name and number to those who ask for help. I was able to search and find my birth family and I have constant contact with them and have even been to a couple of FAMILY REUNIONS! They are in Winston-Salem, NC!! I have five whole sibblings.
God bless you and thank you!
I Hi there!
I have successfully contacted my birthmother, and we are slowly getting to know each other. It has
definitely been a positive outcome for us both. Thank you so much for doing such a fabulous job!
Wendy - Michigan
Chris, It is been nine years since you found my birthson for me. I think about you often and wanted to update you. We have the most wonderful and loving relationship any mother and son could have. I now have a 3-1/2 year old grand-daughter by he and his wife who was named after my middle name Elizabeth. I am best friends with his loving adoptive mother. We all spent Christmas Eve and morning together. My youngest son now 38 and my birthson are enjoying a brotherly relationship of canoeing and camping, hanging out and sharing stories of their childhoods. What a blessing. Thank you for your service.
You may use any portion of this as a testimony of your abilities to perform great services of bringing families back to gether again.
I am sorry that I have not written a testimonial sooner, but will do so now! I met with my mother and it was a great meeting. I brought my oldest daughter with me too. Our meeting took place in Arkansas, at my cousins home, He and his wife are two of the several family members who know about me. She is still unsure of when she will let her other nieces and nephews know, if at all. It is hard to disclose long kept secrets at 92 years of age. I am fine with whatever she decides.
My mother is scheduled for surgery this week, which was supposed to occur earlier, but is finally taking place. I am hoping she continues to stay healthy and that the surgery does not take too much out of her. We are hoping for another reunion, maybe in Massachusetts in the spring/summer, when she will meet her son-in-law and her two other grandchildren. I have also been able to do some research on my birth fathers family, I am so fortunate to have this information. I am attaching a picture of our visit for you, but
please do not include in the testimonial yet!
Here is my testimonial:
After searching for my birth mother for over 30 years, I finally turned to Kinsolving. I had followed many avenues in search of a birth parent, even going to court in the state of Illnois, all to no avail. I had some non-identifying information and my amended birth certificate. I had always suspected that my mother had given an alias for her name, but could not be sure. I also knew that I was born out of wedlock and my father had been married to someone other than my mother.
Kinsolving terminated my search this past July, since after two years they were unable to find a next of kin. In the meantime, I had given up any hope of finding my mother alive - she would now be 92 - and was hoping to possibly find half-siblings. I had also given up any hope of ever knowing who my father might be, since siblings may not have even been aware of my mothers relationship with my father. When I received the notice from Kinsolving I was very disheartened and realized I had done everything in my power to find a relative, but would have to make peace with the fact that I was unable to do so.
In late September, almost exactly two months after the Kinsolving termination, I received a call one evening from Kinsolving. He explained that while doing a search in the Chicago area, he came across my file and thought he could find some information for me. He said that while the search had technically been terminated, searches were never completely disregarded. He too, thought that my mothers name may have been an alias, but said that she would have never been able to make up the name of the town she
I was careful not to get my hopes up and thanked them for their continued effort.
Two days later I received the call I had been waiting for. Kinsolving told me they had found my mother and that she was alive, living on her own, and cognitively "with it". I was in shock, to say the least. I then received, from Kinsolving, information about my birth mother and her family, dating back to the 1800s!
Now, with her phone number in my hand, it was up to me to make the call. I waited until the evening when my husband was with me for moral support. My mother was thrilled to hear from me and said she had thought of me every day and had always hoped I would find her. She never married and had a successful career in the Chicago area for many years. At one time, we lived less than two miles apart from each other. I was a flight attendant for many years. My mother was a TWA flight attendant, and she told me my father had been a Braniff pilot. So, after 61 years of not knowing who my birth parents were, I had all the information I had been seeking. I also learned that my father had died in 1958. He had no other children either.
Since that call, I have met my lovely mother, My oldest daughter met her also, and we are trying to plan a reunion for her to meet her son- in-law and two other grandchildren. We are still getting to know each other via phone calls and letters. I have also done some research on my birth father and his family which has been enlightening.
I consider my completed search nothing short of a miracle, thanks to Kinsolving. My story has a happy ending and I only wish I had contacted Kinsolving earlier in my search.
Jeanne (Boston, MA)
You gave me such good advice which I did follow. I am so thrilled that it went so well. I think she might tell her children, she asked for my email address because her daughter has a lot of the photos.
I feel like I am living in a dream world thanks to all of you! Please say a special thanks to all who were involved in my case! Thanks so much for all your wonderful help.
Wow, she has been right under me the whole time. I went to college two blocks away from her pervious address in Northridge CA from 1993 - 1997. Chris you are absolutely amazing and I will never be able to
thank you enough.
I just now mailed a hard copy of the contract this afternoon. I am so excited, it feels like Christmas, nothing makes me more happy than giving to others,, even if this turns out very bad, at least I will have given my aunt the peace of finally knowing what happened to her daughter, thank you guys so much for what you do, you changed my life 7 years ago and gave me peace, nothing is worse than not knowing. When you guys found my family for me, it opened up a giant can of worms, OMG, some really hurtful things and sad things and things that made me so...so happy I thought I could fly. I am thinking about writing a book , pretty lame right? It will be a long one, and surely not boring, anyway thank you! look forward to hearing from you. FYI I went from having one brother to having seven brothers and 3 sisters.