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There’s a big circle. A circle big enough to hold 7.6 billion people, which is the approximate number of people in the world as of this writing. In that circle is a smaller one with 22 million, the population of the Philippines in 1952. Faith played the cornerstone role, especially when the circle of 3 would sometimes become a circle of one. This is the story of Fred, Grace and Little Paula Hicks and their journey to become a family. Finding Out dives into the ancestry of an African American couple and how they became the first Americans to adopt a Filipino orphan.

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  • The author finished her bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland-College Park Campus, way behind those she started with. After so many combinations of college years and struggling to pay tuition for each collegiate year, books, and materials for each course, Paula finally earned her long-sought-after degree. Her degree in Social and Behavioral Science focused on 18th-century plantation archaeology began to open some doors.”

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    Finding Out:

    Coming to Terms with Adoption

    Finding Out… is dedicated to my parents, Fred and Grace Hicks, who in their own right were rock stars in their heyday. The book traces events of a Black airman and his wife, while completing a tour in the Philippines, proceeds with an unprecedented adoption of a Filipino toddler left by a widowed mother in a Catholic orphanage. Most of the work is documented with court filings and transcripts, illustrations of family life, snippets of recollected thoughts from the author, Paula Wilson and memoirs of others.

    The views are my own childlike prospective; how I understood and saw differences as well as commonalities in the people and events around me. In my story, being adopted presents reactions and emotions that are most likely different from children who are not adopted. The long-term goal of the book is to serve as a preservation of memories and legacy about my ancestors for the immediate reader and future generations.

    Today’s successful adoptees can boast great accomplishments and have inspiring stories to tell about their paths to greatness. Most adoptees my have not experienced such a favored and privileged life. There is plenty of room on bookshelves for these stories too. My adoption gave me an opportunity to be part of something greater than myself. From my humble and uncertain beginnings, I learned appreciation for my parents, extended family and friends. I want to convey a sense of human scale in this book, not just a rattling of facts and events. I provide my story for that purpose.

    Book chapters are divided into bits in time, even beginning long before my existence. I need to explain these events to readers so they can see the bigger picture and arrive at a greater understanding of who I am and as well as those who impacted my early years. Readers should not feel they are being lectured. I want them to experience my story as it is being unraveled. As I am Finding Out you are Finding Out…join me on this journey.

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