023 – I’ve Found My Joi

Growing up Joi tried to convince herself that being adopted didn’t bother her because she had such a great family. But in reality, great parents did not erase the fact that she didn’t know her birth parents. She laments that never saw anyone who looked like her, and of course, she could never answer a doctor’s questions about her health history.

After connecting with a close cousin on AncestryDNA, they began a search through the family tree to locate her birth mother. After the state of New Jersey opened adoptee birth records, the cousins learned exactly who Joi was related to, and that their search had been off track. After receiving her original birth certificate (OBC), she was able to connect with her birth mother and her birth father in a story of joyous reunion befitting a woman named Joi.

1 Comment

  1. Pam Hasegawa on 08/26/2017 at 10:30 PM

    I LIKE this a LOT! What a great idea, Damon 🙂 I’m so glad you have Joi on this podcast; she really knows how to share her experience in a way that people can grasp 🙂 You are doing a huge service to people (like me) who can grasp more of what they (we) hear than what we read. Thank you for doing this work that will help those of us personally involved in adoption as well as helping people who are not adopted to better understand those of us who are.
    Kudos to you and kudos to Joi! You (and this podcast’s audience) will enjoy reading about Joi in the October issue of NJ Monthly Magazine !

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