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Bob, USA:

We had a very positive experience with Ruslan. We contacted him in October 2002 and by February 2003 he had located our son's birth family and established contact with them. As far as the fee he charged I thought it was very reasonable and no other expenses were incurred.

We thought Ruslan was very professional and responded in a timely manner. I also think that he must have quite the rapport with people since he is able to meet families on such sensitive subjects and gets the type of information that he does from them. We could not have been happier with the pictures and the letters that he provided from the birth family. We first received everything by email and then later we received the actual hard copy of the letter from the birth mother along with the pictures that Ruslan took and that the family gave to him. We also loved Ruslan's report and the input he gave regarding what he thought about the birth family.

In addition our family is so happy that we found the birth mother and were able to give her peace of mind. She was so relieved and happy to know that her son had been adopted. The birth mother said that she always thought of her son and wondered if anyone cared about him, did he have toys, did he eat well, etc. She said that God answered her prayers when she received the call from Ruslan and Ruslan said she was crying so much during the initial call that all he could more or less do was get a time set up to visit with the family. We also have a priceless gift to give our son one day - the knowledge that there is a family in Ukraine that loves him just as much as we do. The family expressed their thanks for giving the child a life that they never could and hoped that he would forgive them for their decision. We also correspond with the birth family through Ruslan on a yearly basis letting them know about his progress and they call Ruslan on his birthday to let them know that they are thinking about him.

We also plan to use Ruslan again if our second son wishes to find out about his birth family. He was adopted in January 2003 at age 7 1/2 and we are awaiting his thoughts on this subject before searching.

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Cristin, The Netherlands:

We had Ruslan search for our daughters birthmother about 8 months ago. I was extremely satisfied with the results. He came back with many pictures of my daughter's birthfamily including pictures of the parents when they were younger and grandparents and cousins. Also I now have a medical and full genealogical history back to the great grandparents. The birthmother told him over and over to thank you for letting her know that her daughter was alive and well. She was unable to get any information on her once her rights were taken away. He was very sensitive to what we wanted them to know about us too. Very happy with his services and cheaper than I ever would have thought.

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Colleen and Mike, Georgia

It was great to work with Anna and Ruslan.  We sent all our paperwork via email to Anna in May of 2011 and she forwarded to Ruslan. In September 2011 we received photos of our girls, birth mother and father along with photos of their apartment and pictures of the surrounding area.  Within 3 weeks we received a written report of the girls, birth family and some medical history of the family.  It was reassuring that we were able to let their birth family know that they are healthy little girls and very happy.  The birth Mom was happy to hear that Katrina had the heart surgery she needed. 

We also received some contact information for the birth family if the girls choose to contact them in the future.  The whole process was very easy and Anna and Ruslan were very quick to answer our questions.  We would recommend both Anna and Ruslan to any family who is searching for their birth family. Job well done. Thanks.

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Dee, Massuchusetts:

In March of 2004, my husband and I adopted a 6 year old girl from Kazakhstan, bringing a new daughter and a little sister for our then 8 year old biological daughter into our family. We met and fell in love with Tanya when we hosted her through Kidsave’s 2003 Summer Miracles Program and were thrilled to finally be able to bring her home to America…but on the day we left the orphanage with her, I thought of the young woman who was her birthmother and knew I wouldn’t rest unless I tried to find her. Maybe this seems strange; after all, Tanya’s birth mother had lost her parental rights for neglect when Tanya was almost 5 years old…but as a mom myself, I knew I would want to know what became of my child whatever the circumstances. Then there was the matter of our Tanya…bright and beautiful, full of spunk, and not at all interested in talking about her past…but some day, she will have questions and I wanted to have whatever answers we could find for her. 

With Anna’s assistance, we made contact with Ruslan and arranged for him to search for Tanya's birth family in Kazakhstan. He completed our search successfully and we received our report in February of 2005. We were very satisfied with the results, especially since we had limited information for him to search with. Ruslan went the extra mile, finding not only Tanya’s birthmother but also her maternal grandmother. I would absolutely recommend him without hesitation! Both Ruslan and Anna were patient and kind, always responsive to our questions, and very professional in our dealings with them.

Ruslan gave us a full report of his interview with Tanya's birth mother and grandmother; he also provided us with roughly many pictures of the mother and grandmother, their apartment, the surrounding area, and several family photos.
Much of what Ruslan found out for us was very sad, a story of a family's descent into despair and alcoholism. His report was written with sensitivity and kindness but also honesty...he didn't try to sugarcoat the reality for us. Ruslan's report has really helped us to understand more about what happened to Tanya, especially important to us since she clearly has issues surrounding her past that she isn't yet ready/able to deal with. We're also grateful to know a few positive details of our daughter's background to share with her when she's ready. I'm sure that one day, it will help her to know that she looks like her maternal grandfather and sings beautifully like her maternal grandmother. For the moment, she wants to know nothing of her birth family...but one day, we'll have at least some answers for her.

We sent a letter and pictures of Tanya through Ruslan to let her birthmother know that Tanya is well and happy, fulfilling the promise I made to myself on the day we took her out of the orphanage.  We did not give out our last name or where we live, just that Tanya is now in America.  We are trying to keep in touch with the birth family (Ruslan has offered to serve as an intermediary for our letters) but it's clear to us that this may be difficult given the circumstances.

We wouldn't hesitate to use Ruslan again....the only negative thing I can say about the search was that it was so hard to wait! Searching is a lot like the whole adoption process, fairly maddening at times but so very worthwhile in the end! 

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Diva and Mike

My husband and I were extremely impressed with the thoroughness of Ruslan's investigation in Kazakhstan.  His searcher, Leva, travelled twice to a small town in northern Kazakhstan, researched and asked people for information, and was relentless in his search of my daughter's birthmother and birthfather.   He approached neighbors, residents in the building, and even went to the local community center to find out about the birthmother.  Even when the situation was clearly not pleasant when meeting with the birthmother, Leva was diplomatic, and acted appropriately.   He did not give up during that second visit to the birthmother's town and returned the following day to meet with her, even knowing that most likely she would not be at the apartment. 

He was able to take photos of the town in which the birthmother lived, and took photos of the photos which existed in an album, which he acquired from the birthmother's ex-husband.   He went out of his way to ensure the photos were visible, took close up photographs of the already existing photos, and took them far away as well.  He even changed the backgrounds on which the photos were laid, in order to make them more visible.  He did a fantastic job finding the ex-husband and his son, learning all he could about the birthmother, her background, and sending us copies of important photos.

We are very grateful for Ruslan and his searcher Leva's hard work and diligence.  The price paid was worth in every sense of the way.  My daughter will benefit from his 'detective' work and thoroughness some day, when she is older and wishes to know and see more about her relatives, etc.   Finally, we have addresses of all the relatives and people associated with our daughter's birthparents.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 

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Donna, Florida:

We adopted our two beautiful daughters Hannah and Natalie from Ukraine in August 2003. Finding their birth family was something that had been on our mind since our adoption. We contacted Ruslan and even though we had limited information to give him, he was able to find their birth family in a few short months. We received a very detailed report of the family and over forty photos. We have since had contact with their family and are so excited to have found them. They are so happy to know that Hannah and Natalie are in a safe and loving home. We are so thankful to Ruslan and his team for the excellent job they did for us. We consider the information we have for our daughters to be priceless and they are so excited to have contact with their birth family.

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Donna J

We initially contacted Anna and Ruslan about a search in May 2008. We adopted our two children in August 2005 and figured the sooner we did the search the better chance of finding our children's birthparents.  Ruslan gave us an accurate idea of when he would be in that area and we actually got our search results after just 3 months of our initial contact with Ruslan.  During the search period Ruslan did give us an update that things weren't looking good, but a short time later thanks to his determination we got a very detailed letter and many pictures from our daughter's birthmother.  When attempting to locate our son's birthmother he was unable to get past a very angry birth grandfather.  Ruslan still was able to get a picture of the birthmother from the a database. 

We were very happy with the successful search for our daughter but still feeling bad we had such limited information for our son.  We figured there was no chance of locating the birthmother after what Ruslan had encountered in his first attempt.  We actually got an e-mail from Ruslan a little over 3 years later asking us if we'd like to try the search again.  We were so excited this was a possibility and that Ruslan was willing to try again for us.  After just a few months, in October 2012, we got pictures of our son's birthmother and a very nice letter.  Ruslan has a girl that works with him and she was able to help locate the birthmother. She met with her and shared our letter and pictures and provided us with a detailed report and lots of wonderful information from her that will answer many of our son's questions. 

One of our concerns was that we didn't want these searches to negatively impact the birthmothers current life in any way.  Ruslan assured us that he would be very careful with who and how he shared the information.  Both of our children's birthmothers were very happy to receive our pictures and information so obviously Ruslan did a great job in how he shared the information with them.   

We are so thankful we have this information for our children and can't begin to thank Ruslan and Anna for making this happen.  We would definitely recommend them for anyone who is searching for birthparents and would be happy to answer any questions anyone might have. 

We initially contacted Anna and Ruslan about a search in May 2008. We adopted our two children in August 2005 and figured the sooner we did the search the better chance of finding our children's birthparents.  Ruslan gave us an accurate idea of when he would be in that area and we actually got our search results after just 3 months of our initial contact with Ruslan.  During the search period Ruslan did give us an update that things weren't looking good, but a short time later thanks to his determination we got a very detailed letter and many pictures from our daughter's birthmother.  When attempting to locate our son's birthmother he was unable to get past a very angry birth grandfather.  Ruslan still was able to get a picture of the birthmother from the a database. 

We were very happy with the successful search for our daughter but still feeling bad we had such limited information for our son.  We figured there was no chance of locating the birthmother after what Ruslan had encountered in his first attempt.  We actually got an e-mail from Ruslan a little over 3 years later asking us if we'd like to try the search again.  We were so excited this was a possibility and that Ruslan was willing to try again for us.  After just a few months, in October 2012, we got pictures of our son's birthmother and a very nice letter.  Ruslan has a girl that works with him and she was able to help locate the birthmother. She met with her and shared our letter and pictures and provided us with a detailed report and lots of wonderful information from her that will answer many of our son's questions. 

One of our concerns was that we didn't want these searches to negatively impact the birthmothers current life in any way.  Ruslan assured us that he would be very careful with who and how he shared the information.  Both of our children's birthmothers were very happy to receive our pictures and information so obviously Ruslan did a great job in how he shared the information with them.   

We are so thankful we have this information for our children and can't begin to thank Ruslan and Anna for making this happen.  We would definitely recommend them for anyone who is searching for birthparents and would be happy to answer any questions anyone might have. 

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Donna, Southeast, USA

We used Anna and Ruslan’s services in late 2008 and early 2009 to search for the birth families of our children. We had adopted children from Russia and Kazakhstan several years earlier and originally had no intention of searching for the birth families.

As time went on and the children got a little older (they weren’t babies when adopted) they began to ask questions now and then. They would also bring up something that they remembered and ask us about it. The more we thought about it we decided we needed to see what we could find out sooner rather than later. We decided to use Anna and Ruslan’s services because we have a friend that had also used their services and recommended them to us.

The information received from the searches was more than we thought or even hoped it would be and provides invaluable information for our children. They now have some pictures of part of their birth families. We learned information that we never dreamed of and found out about other relatives that we didn’t know existed. There is no doubt that these were my children’s families as some of the information matched what we knew but had not shared with Ruslan or Anna.

We would use their services again for another search; if we were to adopt again and would not hesitate in recommending them. We do plan on using their other services to try to maintain some contact with the families.

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Elizabeth & Mark, Georgetown, IN:

Through Anna's help, we found Ruslan to search for our son's birthparents in the spring of 2003.  We had virtually nothing to go on except the names on the birth certificate which we thought were fictitious.  We sent Anna what information we did have and she got it to Ruslan. We were told the price for the search but not asked to pay a cent at this point.  We were only to pay IF the search was successful.   

We figured we had nothing to lose, so we went ahead with it.  We wrote a birthmother letter telling about ourselves and our adoption and sent a lot of photos for her.  This was forwarded to Ruslan and he translated the letter and took it to his meeting with our son's birthmother.  He had to travel to the birth city which was not the city where our adoption took place. 

Upon meeting the birthmother, Ruslan got answers to our many questions, got photos from her of the family, gave her our photos and our letter.  He then told her to mail a letter to him if she desired and he would translate it and get it to us (she did do this).  He also took many photos of the birth city and overall did way more than we had expected.  We found the service to be professional and thorough.   

They did everything they said they would in the amount of time that was agreed upon at the start.  Communication was very good during the process.   Anna and Ruslan helped us start a friendship with our birth family that we hope will be lifelong.  We cannot say enough good things about our experience and encourage all adoptive families to search out birth parents.  We feel every birth family should at least know that their child(ren) is growing up in a loving family and not an orphanage.

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Janice:

We adopted our son from the Ukraine in 2004. We decided to try to contact the birthmother 2 years after the adoption.We contacted Anna and Ruslan in August 2006 and had our report and photos in less than 2 months!
Ruslan and Anna have been very timely, professional, and efficient. We are so pleased with the information that was obtained. . The birthmother could not be found, but we will keep in touch with his birth grandmother and family over time. She was very thankful that our son was being taken care of and loved.
We recommend Anna and Ruslan highly. It has been a wonderful experience working with Ruslan and Anna to find the information that will be so important to our son as he grows.

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Jennifer

I used Anna and Ruslan’s International Adoption Search service to attempt to locate my daughter’s birth family in Kazakhstan.  I am a skeptic by nature and am so happy to share with any prospective “searchers” that Anna and Ruslan were 100% professional, reliable, helpful, sensitive and a true pleasure to work with.   I give them high praise for a difficult job well done in a most professional and timely manner.  The extra steps Ruslan took to help a shy and sensitive young lady to finally open up and share her story of my daughter’s birth required so much intuition, patience and knowledge of human nature…it was much more than a pure fact finding mission.   The gift of my daughter’s story is priceless. Every story is a set of different and sensitive circumstances, and they will work with you to best fulfill your individual needs.   I give them high praises and best recommendations.  

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Joanne and Chris

We have used Anna and Ruslan on two separate occasions to locate and make contact with our child’s birth mother.  We wanted to gather as much information as we could, so that we would have it should our daughter want it when she gets older.  In both instances, we found them to be extremely professional and thorough.  It was very important to us that the situation be handled delicately such that the contact would not cause any undo stress to the birth mother.  Information was passed on in a very timely manner and fees were as agreed upon.  We highly recommend their services!

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Julie, Arizona:

I adopted my beautiful daughter during the summer of 2002.  I felt as the parent of an adopted child it was my responsibility to ascertain as much information about her biological family as I possibly could.  While in Uralsk, I longed to perform my own search.  Being a government investigator and a former law enforcement officer, I was convinced no one could do as good a job as I could.  Because my daughter was ill and I was busy trying to obtain medicine and fulfilling other commitments, it was virtually impossible for me to do this. 

I later located Anna and Ruslan thru Internet searches.  After checking out ALL of the references I decided I had to give them a try. I simply cannot say enough good things about the work Anna and Ruslan do.  Ruslan traveled to the village of Chingerlau, my daughter's birthplace and not far from Uralsk during the spring/summer of 2004.  Everything Anna told me to expect was accurate.  There were no surprises. The information Ruslan was able to obtain is absolutely priceless.  He was able to gather detailed information regarding my daughter's biological family which included names, addresses, birth dates, employment as well as any health issues, prenatal care, any use of drugs and or alcohol,  circumstances of her birth and other details leading up to the termination of parental rights and ultimately being placed in an orphanage.  Additionally, I had approximately fifty photos e-mailed to me which included family members, homes, the area, villages, train stations, schools, etc. 

My daughter was raised by her grandmother prior to being placed in an orphanage.  Grandmother had absolutely no knowledge of my daughter's whereabouts, much less if she were alive, healthy, etc.  She was overcome with emotion to learn that she was and is actually a very happy, bright, loving child and is cared for and loved so very much.   

Ruslan is being asked to do something that is very sensitive to say the least.  It often times generates a certain degree of pain not only for us as the adoptive parent, but for the biological families as well.  Ruslan handles this with a great deal of compassion and empathy which assists him in gathering such detailed information. 

I have since used Anna and Ruslan to continue to communicate with my daughter's biological family and will continue to do so.   

It is without any reservations whatsoever that I recommend Anna and Ruslan.  I have only the utmost respect and admiration for both of them.  The work they do is such a blessing and the information received is absolutely priceless.  My hope is that they will be able to continue to bring families together for a very long time!!!

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Izabela

When we decided to search for our son’s birth parents, the first place I looked for others who already searched was in our regional Yahoo group.  There I found someone who did a search with Anna/Ruslan who was really happy with them.  We decided that it was a good fit and proceeded.  Anna replied to our questions/emails promptly throughout the entire process.  All the other time frames and prices quoted were kept and we are very grateful for the pictures and information the team gathered for us.  It was a simple and smooth process.  We wouldn't have any hesitations of using them again if the occasion arises.

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