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058 – I Feel Like I’ve Found My Tribe

5/26/2018
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Nicole was adopted into a military family, the structure of which ran against her freewheeling nature. She’s an interracial woman with interracial adopted parents, so they looked like a natural family. In reunion, Nicole is facing secondary rejection from her birth mother, but her maternal grandparents and uncle have accepted her with open arms. She’s learned that… The post 058 – I Feel Like I’ve Found My Tribe appeared first on Who Am I...Really? Podcast.

Duration:00:50:29

057 -My Acceptance Is Etched In Stone

5/19/2018
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Kendra’s story is filled with peaks and valleys of emotion. After running far, far away in her teens, Kendra’s adopted mother blamed her for her adopted father’s demise. She and her mother were estranged for years until her adopted mother’s mortality changed their relationship. In reunion, her birth mother accepted her return but kept Kendra a secret. Decades later she… The post 057 -My Acceptance Is Etched In Stone appeared first on Who Am I...Really? Podcast.

Duration:00:42:22

056 – I Feel Whole… Finding Him Was The Key

5/11/2018
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Every day Leslie’s birth mother called the orphanage where she was left for adoption. So when Leslie located her birth mother 30 years ago, then tried again to connect with her six years ago, it was shocking that the woman wanted no contact with her. Leslie’s birth mother left her with no clues about her… The post 056 – I Feel Whole… Finding Him Was The Key appeared first on Who Am I...Really? Podcast.

Duration:00:32:08

055 – I’ve Found My Answers And Fulfillment Helping Other People

5/5/2018
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Katelyn followed her older adopted sister into rebellion against their adopted mother’s rule. Years later her husband suggested they do DNA tests when she got pregnant. Seeing relationships online she hadn’t considered before, she searched for her birth parents, uncovering family secrets and helping other adoptees in the family tree find theirs. At times, the search left Katelyn very puzzled,… The post 055 – I’ve Found My Answers And Fulfillment Helping Other People appeared first on Who...

Duration:00:43:51

054 – I Just Want To Sit And Be At Peace

4/28/2018
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After 52 years Mary never had a desire to locate her birth family. Her feeling was they had given her up, so she didn’t really want to share how well she turned out. Still, Mary obtained her non-identifying information in 1999, to satisfy medical history curiosity. On Christmas eve 2017 she emailed her birth mother who replied… The post 054 – I Just Want To Sit And Be At Peace appeared first on Who Am I...Really? Podcast.

Duration:00:40:45

001- The End of Summer Cake

1/6/2018
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I’ve shared an adoptee bond with my dear high school friend Andre for years. In this episode, Andre shares the story of his loving adopted family, being the older sibling to his adopted parent’s biological son, and the truth about how he came into this world. His biological mother never forgot him and honored his life every year. The post 001- The End of Summer Cake appeared first on Who Am I...Really? Podcast.

Duration:00:33:10

005 – Part of Her Memory That She Lost Was Me

12/30/2017
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Terry shared the story of his biological parents’ wartime extra marital affair that brought him to life. He said his adopted parents felt he was “the sun the moon and the stars”, and spoiled him that way. As a teen, Terry wanted to apply for a job and needed his birth certificate from his parents.… The post 005 – Part of Her Memory That She Lost Was Me appeared first on Who Am I...Really? Podcast.

Duration:00:21:54

019 – Adoption Was Chapter Two Of My Life, I Had To Learn About Chapter One

12/23/2017
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Michael grew up in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY. He led a comfortable life in the Williams loving home when he accidentally discovered, at 12 years old, that he was adopted. The discovery that he actually had another identity created conflict in him, especially during his teen aged years. With spontaneity, tenacity, and a fair bit of… The post 019 – Adoption Was Chapter Two Of My Life, I Had To Learn About Chapter One appeared first on Who Am I...Really? Podcast.

Duration:00:44:03

012 – I Need This For My Sanity

12/16/2017
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Tom advocates for adoptee rights and shares his personal experiences about being adopted online. He shared with me that he was adopted as an infant and things went so well his parents decided to adopt two older boys when he was two. But that’s when the trouble started. He says life became chaotic in their… The post 012 – I Need This For My Sanity appeared first on Who Am I...Really? Podcast.

Duration:00:38:41

006 – I Forgave Her When My Son Was Born

12/9/2017
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In adoption, Julie grew up in the Midwest with a family of trans racial adoptees. Her brothers are adopted from Vietnam, and her sister is white. Each of them has a different perspective on searching for their biological families. Julie has always been curious. She told me that in the moments after her son was born… The post 006 – I Forgave Her When My Son Was Born appeared first on Who Am I...Really? Podcast.

Duration:00:44:48

038 – Interview w/ One Of My Two Genealogists

12/2/2017
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This summer when I met Bill and found out he was a genealogist, I was excited to hear everything he had to say. I wanted to hear more about his own personal history, how he got into genealogy, and the clients he’s helped. My birth mother was also a genealogist, but I never got to learn about her… The post 038 – Interview w/ One Of My Two Genealogists appeared first on Who Am I...Really? Podcast.

Duration:00:27:17

037 – Interview w/ A Search & Reunion Social Worker

12/1/2017
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Duration:00:42:11

036 – I Found Solace When She Explained The Abuse

11/25/2017
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Despite loving and respecting his parents, Chris struggled through family life with an alcoholic father and having almost adopted sister with emotional problems. Chris had a challenging childhood being bullied at school and dropping out of his senior year of high school. After Chris left the U. S. Marine Corps, he started his search. His outreach to his… The post 036 – I Found Solace When She Explained The Abuse appeared first on Who Am I...Really? Podcast.

Duration:00:45:53

035 – Interview w/ A Search Angel – For Every Answer You Get, There Are More Questions

11/18/2017
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November is National Adoption Awareness Month, so I’m bringing you a different perspective from the adoption community. On prior episodes you’ve heard adoptees talk about the amazing work that they’re search angels have done with them. Today I’m introducing you to one of those search Angels. You’ve already heard about her work in my interview with Stephanie (in… The post 035 – Interview w/ A Search Angel – For Every Answer You Get, There Are More Questions appeared first on Who Am...

Duration:00:37:35

034 – All My Life I Knew I Would Be Tested

11/11/2017
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Adam struggled with his adoption as a child. He didn’t realize how much it was impacting him until he experienced some intense emotions while studying abroad. That interaction was a huge trigger for his search. He’s one of many adoptees who struggled to retrieve their own information from the state of New York. In Adam’s journey, you’ll hear… The post 034 – All My Life I Knew I Would Be Tested appeared first on Who Am I...Really? Podcast.

Duration:00:54:24

033 – My Sister Reunited Too, But Didn’t Know About Me

11/4/2017
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Jenny journaled about her birth mother from an early age. She grew up in a loving family, but the urge to find her birth family was always there. When Ohio opened it birth records, she obtained some vital information that led her to her birth mother on Facebook and later to her birth father. But she never… The post 033 – My Sister Reunited Too, But Didn’t Know About Me appeared first on Who Am I...Really? Podcast.

Duration:00:24:08

032 – The Gift Of Adoption

10/28/2017
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Today I’m bringing you something a little different for #NationalAdoptionMonth. There are a lot of people, processes, and policies integral to the adoption of a child, raising a child, and supporting that person’s desire to search for their birth family. I’m bringing you a few stories from across the adoption continuum. The first is that of… The post 032 – The Gift Of Adoption appeared first on Who Am I...Really? Podcast.

Duration:00:31:10

031 – Finding Hope

10/21/2017
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Jamie grew up an only child with her wonderful adoptive parents in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA. She was happy to hear in reunion that her birth parents had already talked about her existence with their families. Living in Tennessee, she found her birth mother right back in Atlanta, in the same county where she lived as… The post 031 – Finding Hope appeared first on Who Am I...Really? Podcast.

Duration:00:42:09

030 – Don’t Fall For “I Can’t Talk To You On The Phone”

10/14/2017
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Jen had a very nice childhood with her parents and never really wanted to search for her birth parents until her friends started having kids. But the ultimate spark that ignited her desire to search came from a family tragedy. In the aftermath Jen located her birth mother and they connected over social media, but Jen could never… The post 030 – Don’t Fall For “I Can’t Talk To You On The Phone” appeared first on Who Am I...Really? Podcast.

Duration:00:41:44

029 – A Lifetime of Interveners Saw Me Through

10/7/2017
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Born in the Panama Canal Zone, Stephanie was adopted by a US military family stationed there in 1961. She was never told she was adopted, but she always knew there was a family secret. When she was 43 years old Stephanie discovered the secret was her own adoption. Because she was born in the Panama Canal… The post 029 – A Lifetime of Interveners Saw Me Through appeared first on Who Am I...Really? Podcast.

Duration:00:59:38

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