Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Finding Your Birth Family

Survey’s have shown that a large percentage of those adopted have searched at one time or another for their birth families. Whether you are searching for your birth parents or searching for the child you placed for adoption the first initial step you must take is to identify your birth family member’s name. Ask questions to your adoptive parents, other family and friends of the family if necessary.

Locate all documents that you can including amended birth certificate, petition and final decree of adoption.

Contact the State or agency where the adoption took place and seek out the non-identifying information. This non-identifying information may help in the search. Some of this information may include: health status, medical history, ethnic origins, education and religion. Non-identifying information may also include the parent’s ages at time of birth, the age and sex of other children, hobbies, general geographical location, and even the reasons for the adoption.

Contact the Records Department of the hospital where you were born. While it’s unlikely you will be able to obtain information, you might find someone who is willing to help.

Try to get as much information as you can from the adopted family as in the beginning they will be your best resource.

Make sure you register at one of the state and national reunion registries.

Some state's laws forbid the opening of sealed adoption records. Although, sealed records can be opened by court order. Consulting with an experienced attorney before pursuing court action will be critical in the process.

If you are able to find the important identifying information, your search can be conducted in much the same way as any other locate investigation. If you are not able to find your birth family member’s name, the search will really be next to impossible but calling our to discuss some further options.

Finally, call us and see how we can further assist you in your search.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Searching for Jaliek

Jaliek Rainwalker, a local Greenwich boy that has been missing since November 2007. Because of our past and current work with missing and abused children, we felt that we could and should lend our expertise to this investigation. Its been a long road and we have still not found Jaliek.I think that we have more answers than we had when we started. Much of the work we have done has been completed under the radar of the media and others involved in the case.

We learned early on that most involved had one specific opinion about what happen to Jaliek.It would have been easy for us to become involved, take in only the information we were provided and form our opinion on what we were being told. However, any good investigator will tell you, you have to keep an open mind and let the evidence dictate where you go with a case not let your preformed opinion dictate the slant on the evidence that's found.

We followed all sorts of leads. We looked into several angles including Jaliek running away, being abducted, being sold and having been murdered. Roughly 12 months into our investigation, we have a pretty good timeline of events formed based on facts from law enforcement and what we have found through interviews. We have a general idea of what we think has happened and we continue to search even in the winter. We once said that we won't quit until Jaliek is found and we meant that.

I guess I'm writing about this because its been awhile since we have commented on the case. I'm sure many believe that we have given up or stopped our work, we have not. We still read the blogs, although we don't comment, we still follow up on leads that may come our way and still continue our searches.

We will continue our work until Jaliek is found and justice is served.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

New MPI Gear

One of the most fun additions to our business for the start of 2009 is new Mission Possible Investigations gear available to all. There is something for just about everyone. Whether you would like your own Mission Possible Investigations shirt, travel mug, sweatshirt or clock, its all right here: MPI Gear

We have ordered some items for our staff and found that the golf shirts and tote bag are of great quality and the shirt is very comfortable. The tote has served as a the perfect casual bag for carrying my laptop, cords and random files.

Check it out today and promote Mission Possible Investigations.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Year, New Look

As we ring in 2009, Mission Possible Investigations has revamped its image. Our new logo can be seen on this blog and on our website. We are excited about our new look as we have not had an actual logo our first year in business. This was a big step for us. As Jamie will tell you, he strives for perfection in his case work, his business development and all things business related. He worked hard and diligently to find the perfect look for Mission Possible Investigations. I think he succeed and more importantly, those of you that gave us feedback along the way, think we did as well. Thanks to all of you that have supported us since our inception and those who respond to our requests and became our basis for informal market research. We appreciate what you tell us!

As we move into 2009, we will continue to send our newsletters with informative articles on a range of topics. Last year, we had much success with our articles---many can be found as the basis for this blog. We had great success with our criminal defense articles, missing persons and insurance fraud. Many of you took our survey at the end of 2008, and we will take your advice on new topics and case stories as we create our new newsletters.

You spoke and we listened to what you wanted for this blog as well. This year we will blog more often, talk about current national cases and connect more with you our readers. We will still include some of our educational articles here but to make sure you catch all of them, please sign up for our newsletter on our website.

Thanks to all and we wish all of you a prosperous and healthy 2009!