The persistent ring of the phone broke the quietness of a warm Tuesday evening in the spring of 1994.
“I’ve got some interesting news,” the familiar voice of my sister, Lin, announced. “I have just received a call from an adoption finders agency in Vancouver. It appears as though we may have an addition to our family.
I must admit this was quite a surprise to me. My parents had divorced just before my fifth birthday and I had seen my birth mother only once in the succeeding 40 years (8 years earlier). “What kind of addition” I tentatively asked?
Lin continued, “She is inquiring on the behalf of a lady in Vancouver who believes she might be our sister and wants to know if we are willing to establish contact with this lady – what do you think?”
Now this was interesting! Although Dad had remarried in 1960 and had had 3 more children this was a possible connection to the other parent – and what child when separated from either one or both parents doesn’t have questions or wonder about the life of the missing parent(s)?
“I think that would be a good idea” I replied. Lin agreed to be the contact person and over the next few weeks it was indeed verified that we had a new member of our family.
Although Lee had a wonderful adopted family and an adopted sister she had been given information (at an early age) that she had a brother and sister. Wanting to find someone who looked liked her, Lee had seriously started her search eight years earlier but had to wait until the B.C. government allowed adoption records to be unsealed. Lee applied within a week of the records being opened but it took another two years until she made it to the top of the list and Adoption Finders started working on her case.