January 26, 2011 by USA Post
But for many people, the quest to find a long lost relative is more than just a compelling story – it’s their own story.
“Money can never compare to find your birth family,” said Alice Miceli of Tabernacle, who found her adoption papers when she was only seven years. Since then, she wanted to know who are her biological parents.
“You want to know who you are, you have no idea who you are, no idea who you like,” said Miceli.
After more than three decades of exhaustive research – before the Internet was an option – Alice learned the identity of her biological parents. His father was dead and she was never able to locate her mother. However, she found and met with a half-brother and sister with an extended family on the West Coast who welcomed with open arms.
“They had parties for me when I went there, they took me all around California and met all other parents and it was really cool,” she said.
Bob Hafetz Warrington tells a different story. After her adoptive parents died, he began looking for her biological family. He learned from her mother, who gave him up to 16 years, died, and her two half-brothers were drug addicts. When he contacted her father, he hung up the phone.
“My first impression was that I must speak to my father and hearing her voice. He went into a panic and got very angry and fearful. It’s sad, but all I have it, so I’m grateful for that.
A counselor who works with adoptees, Bob wrote a book called “do not remember, never forgotten.”
“The research is scary and in most cases, you will not find what you expect to find, but you will find the truth,” said Bob.
Bob and Alice Miceli say find birth families can be a roller coaster ride up because they feel after the first contact with birth families can and often does, lead to rejection and disappointment.
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