Three years ago today I found the first emails from a Search Angel and from Christopher. Three years ago my life changed. Completely. I had no idea of the roller-coaster ride I had just gotten on, all I knew that day was extreme happiness and relief. There aren't even words for what that I felt in that moment ~ I imagine that only those who have also been in that moment can really know.
I will never forget speaking with that wonderful Search Angel Kim. I have to laugh again remembering the confusion when I first heard her lovely southern accent. I thought I was speaking with Christopher's mom, so when I heard the accent I wondered why in the world they sent my son so far south! After telling me that she wasn't his mom, she was a search angel, Kim told me that Christopher was healthy and happy. I asked if he got good parents and she told me that he had wonderful parents. That news brought on the happiest tears I have ever cried! I asked her how she knew the two questions I most needed answers to and she told me she was a search angel who had been reunited with her own daughter lost to adoption so she knew all too well what my long awaited questions were.
At that time, I had no idea what a search angel was.
In that moment I knew that angels truly do walk amongst us!
If you are searching for a loved one lost to adoption, don't pay for someone (especially the adoption agency) to search for you. There are many, many search angels out there helping us.
If you are searching, the first thing you need to do is sign up on some on-line registries. There are many free ones, start with them.
The first one you should sign up with is ISSR, a mutual consent reunion registry.
The registry at adoption.com is the one I had signed up on, that Kim found when looking for me. You can search through the registries there as well as sign up in case someone is looking for you.
Claud has a wonderful page with a lot of info about search and reunion.
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments or send me an email at findingchristopher at gmail dot com. I'm no search angel, but I would be more than happy to help you find your loved ones lost to adoption!