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Who Am I Really?
Who Am I Really?
Damon L. Davis

Adoptees telling their own stories of life in adoption, their search for their birth family, and how their reunion attempt turned out.... more

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234 - The Lost Coin

Steven, from Bainbridge Island, Washington—across the Puget Sound from Seattle—shared his that when he was a kid, it only took... more

25 May 2024 · 44 minutes
233 - Coming to a Place of Peace

Lena, from just north of Tampa, Florida grew up surrounded by adoptees. However, as she got older, Lena began to... more

18 May 2024 · 46 minutes
232 Birth Mother's Day 2024

One of the important things to do when sharing adoptee stories is try to empathize with our birth mothers. ... more

11 May 2024 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
231 - Dr. Bruce D. Perry, "What Happened To You?"

When a child is in need of support to help navigate the traumatic experiences in their lives. Renowned psychiatrist, neuroscientist,... more

04 May 2024 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
230 - The Goodness Far Outweighs the Sadness

Doris, who lives between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, California, was adopted after her adoptive mother's repetitive attempts at pregnancy. Doris... more

27 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
229 - So Many Blessings in the Darkness

Monica, from outside of Sacramento, California, shares her double story as an adoptee and a birth mother. When Monica was... more

20 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
228 - You Should Be Grateful

Angela, from Seattle Washington, grew up in a home full of adoptees whose adoptions were prioritized because of perceived medical... more

13 Apr 2024 · 1 hour,
227 - I Knew She Never Forgot Me

Jane, from outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, grew up knowing she was adopted, comfortable with the fact, and even knowing her... more

06 Apr 2024 · 35 minutes
226 - The First Free Man Hug

Brad, from McKinney, Texas, just outside of Dallas grew up thinking something was off in his family. But Brad internalized... more

30 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
077 – I’m A Wounded Healer With My Father’s Eyes

Linda’s childhood was tumultuous after her mother’s death as she was raised in what she thought was her grandmother’s home.... more

23 Mar 2024 · 34 minutes
Born In June Raised In April

April called me from New York, New York, but her story originated in New England. She is a transracial adoptee whose search took... more

16 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
121 - Somebody's Always Been Watching Over Me

Chris lives in Northern California outside of San Francisco. He shares how he selflessly discovered his adopted brother’s birth mother... more

02 Mar 2024 · 42 minutes

Michelle, from North Hollywood, California, is an Asian American, but her specific heritage is unclear, and she doesn’t think she’ll ever... more

24 Feb 2024 · 37 minutes
This Is What I Hoped You'd Be Like

Ginger who lives in Los Angeles, began her reunion journey as a teenager who found her birth mother, saw her... more

17 Feb 2024 · 51 minutes
107- From A Place Of Love

David from Columbus, Ohio said he was practically at the front door of reunion, but drove away. Years later he finally found some... more

10 Feb 2024 · 40 minutes
098 – Trained In Trauma

Dr. Julie Lopez lives and works in Washington, D.C. Julie’s early childhood was happy at home, but it was... more

03 Feb 2024 · 39 minutes
067 – Part Of The Gift Has Been The Work I’ve Done On Myself

Christie was a shy child who wanted to participate in activities but held herself back from engaging. It wasn’t until... more

20 Jan 2024 · 41 minutes
225 - Damon Davis, Adoption: The Making of Me

In collaboration with my friends, Louise Brown and Sarah Reinhardt I'm bringing you a conversation we had a while back... more

06 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
224 - Totally Worthy To Be Found

Deanna, from outside of Tampa, Florida, could see in her youth that she didn't look like her adoptive family. In... more

30 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 32 minutes
223 - I Try To Move Toward Empathy

Nina, from Minnetrista, Minnesota felt nothing but love in her adoptive family so much so that she wore her adoption... more

23 Dec 2023 · 51 minutes
222 - They Built A Relationship Before I Was Born

Margaret Jane lives right in the middle of rural Michigan, outside of Carson city. When Margaret Jane asked her mother... more

16 Dec 2023 · 56 minutes
221 - Chile's Children of Silence

John, from Bowling Green, Kentucky grew up in Houston, Texas questioning why he looked different from his parents. When... more

09 Dec 2023 · 53 minutes
220 - Everybody Was Hiding The Black Piece

Bethany, from Gaithersburg, Maryland could see differences in herself and her white family, but her parents explained to those differences... more

02 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
219 - I Was Really Happy They Were Together

Tracy, from Ottawa, Canada lived in a unique situation with a mother who was the disciplinarian in their home. When... more

25 Nov 2023 · 38 minutes
218 - I Could See Myself In Everyone

Mike, from Modesto, California, is a self-proclaimed introvert who was raised by a family of extroverted performers. With his adopted... more

18 Nov 2023 · 43 minutes
217 - Do I Just Let It Go?

Barbara who called me from Grand Rapids, Michigan, grew up an emotional child adopted by two refugees of war. When... more

11 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
216 - The Long Shot

John, from Southern California, learned at 10 years old he was adopted. But he didn't do anything with the information... more

04 Nov 2023 · 48 minutes
215 - Taking My Power Back Was Incredible

Becky, from Sydney, Ohio, said she has always searched for someone who resembled herself. When she found her birth mother,... more

28 Oct 2023 · 49 minutes
214 - Letting Go Of Old Resentment

Elianna who called me from Santa Cruz, California, said growing up her family moved frequently, which taught her it was... more

14 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
213 - Why Lie About A Human Being?

Linda, who called me from St. Petersburg, Florida, said that when her adoptive mother found herself single parenting her two... more

07 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
212 - Forbidden Roots

Fred called me from outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, near lake Michigan. Fred grew up an only child loved and supported by... more

30 Sep 2023 · 52 minutes
211 - The Gift He Gave Me

Kamina called me from Dubai, but she grew up in Texas. Kamina said she was always confused about why she... more

23 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
210 - Not Begging, Just Moving On

Trish from Arlington, Texas had open access to her adoption records which provided the information she needed to find her... more

16 Sep 2023 · 55 minutes
105 – I Call Her Incubator

My guest asked that I maintain her anonymity, so I’ll refer to her as Nina. She shared her story growing... more

09 Sep 2023 · 46 minutes
090 – It’s Not Your Fault, I Made It Through

Lori was adopted after her biological mother lived with her adoptive parents, desperately trying to escape the tyranny of her... more

02 Sep 2023 · 37 minutes
100 – Purely Loving Intentions

Haley Radke, Host/Producer of the Adoptees On podcast is my special guest for this special 100th episode! Haley shared her... more

26 Aug 2023 · 52 minutes
094 – Why Would You Spend This Much Time Searching?

Barry always knew he was adopted, but before he ever launched a search, he was found by his older sister.... more

19 Aug 2023 · 40 minutes
092 – Paternally Unrelated

Cindy knew she was adopted, but she believed the men in her life where of biological relation – she thought... more

12 Aug 2023 · 29 minutes
073 – It Hurts That Someone Took Her From This World

Ashley shares her story growing up in adoption and having a positive outlook on her life because she felt she... more

05 Aug 2023 · 26 minutes
088 – Being Biracial Never Occurred to Me

In Kenneth’s family all of siblings were adoptees, each fostered in their parents home before their adoption were made final.... more

29 Jul 2023 · 33 minutes
082 – The Only Thing That Divides Us Is The Mississippi

Ann has an array of experiences from being kidnapped briefly from her adopted family to learning she celebrated the wrong... more

29 Jul 2023 · 46 minutes
072 – Amazing Intuition, One Cousin Connection

Recalling her early family life, Ann said she felt like her parents were sucked into feeling like they had to... more

15 Jul 2023 · 31 minutes
060 – Its Like Ripping The Wounds Off Over And Over

Alisa describes her life as the child of Latvian refugees who escaped the brutality and destruction of World War II.... more

08 Jul 2023 · 39 minutes
056 – I Feel Whole… Finding Him Was The Key

Every day Leslie’s birth mother called the orphanage where she was left for adoption. So when Leslie located her birth... more

01 Jul 2023 · 32 minutes
016 – Shall we Cry? No, Let’s Just Laugh!

Jennifer had a very happy childhood and always felt special because she was an adoptee; she knew her parents really... more

24 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
210 - I'm Not Here To Judge

Today we're going back to Lisa's journey from episode 197 that started this season. When I spoke with her last,... more

17 Jun 2023 · 34 minutes
209 - NCFA Adult Adoptee Survey

Dr. Ryan Hanlon, Pres. & CEO of the National Council For Adoption shares a special update about the adult adoptee... more

16 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
208 - The Heisman Dives In

You're about to meet Louise, from central California. Louise was loved by her adoptive family and while she thought about... more

10 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
207 - My Feet Came To The Ground

Shelby, who lives near Seattle, Washington, grew up loved in adoption, but also in a home broken apart By domestic... more

03 Jun 2023 · 50 minutes
206 - The Phoenix

Rachael, who lives in Dover, Delaware, is a transracial adoptee who endured favoritism toward her brother, microaggressions from her adoptive... more

27 May 2023 · 46 minutes
205 - Where The F_ck Is My Mother?

Annie, from Auckland, New Zealand is a late discovery adoptee. When she learned that she was adopted the news made... more

20 May 2023 · 54 minutes
204 - I Don't Mean That Much To Them

Today you're going to meet Joe, from New Jersey. Joe is a pseudonym for the true identity of my guest... more

13 May 2023 · 36 minutes
203 - She Doesn't Fit Into My Life

Jillian, from New Jersey, found out she was adopted in her early teen years when she asked a question... more

06 May 2023 · 37 minutes
202 - Healing Tree

Danielle, from Kirkland, Washington, has always felt love and loyalty to her adoptive family. So when the doors of... more

29 Apr 2023 · 57 minutes
201 - It's A Journey To Fit In And Connect

Amy, from outside of Chicago, grew up looking visibly different than her family in a way that didn't meet societal... more

22 Apr 2023 · 57 minutes
200 - Puzzle Pieces Coming Together To Make Me Whole

Laurie, from Washington state, grew up as an emotional child crying frequently, but no one ever asked what was... more

15 Apr 2023 · 56 minutes
199 - Patty Gave Me Life Twice

Pippa, from California, Pippa grew up in a wonderful Irish family where she and her brother were supported and loved.... more

08 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 29 minutes
004 – Lucky Online, Connecting When You’re Not Even Looking

Growing up in Leah’s home everyone was comfortable with adoption. Her adopted mom is an adoptee, and her two siblings... more

01 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
198 - So Many Twists And Turns

I think of Pam, from outside of Richmond, Virginia, as a late discovery adoptee who learned she was adopted when... more

25 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
197 - Why Such A Secret?

Lisa and I connected right before she was going to meet her biological father for the first time and a... more

18 Mar 2023 · 37 minutes
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202 - Healing Tree
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Danielle, from Kirkland, Washington, has always felt love and loyalty to her adoptive family. So when the doors of reunion were... more