“Behind every adoption story there is a memoir or mystery novel waiting to be written.” —Judith Land
When an adoption quest to meet biological relatives is invoked the researcher must keep all senses alert, maintain a perspicacious mind open to all possibilities, and ask questions not ordinarily asked to solve the who-done-it mystery. Adoptees suffering from a nefarious sense of genealogical bewilderment are naturally curious to learn something about their biological antecedents, social and cultural background, geographic origin, and pivotal events affecting their life’s trajectory. Solving the enigmatic puzzle of an adoption can be a daunting, frustrating and perplexing task when there are no clues to get started; legal records are concealed; international boundaries are crossed; languages are unfamiliar; expenses are involved; and individuals intentionally hide their identity.
My personal experience is a deep and unexplained journey I felt compelled to take. I was born with very strong natural homing instincts and committed to expending the energy and commitment required to find my way home. The most burdensome and wearisome hindrances to conquer during my three-year adoption search were my own self-generated insecurities. Internal impediments and doubts were my greatest challenges that required the most courage to overcome. My internal fears absorbed vital emotional energy and reduced physical stamina, leading to delays in action and the prevention of progress. Many obstacles were placed in my path, but I learned that, with maturity, they could be overcome with patience and perseverance. Knowing the truth is what I ultimately wanted to achieve. —Judith Land
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