185 episodes

Adoptees telling their own stories of life in adoption, their search for their birth family, and how their reunion attempt turned out. Stories that make you laugh, cry, or simply say "wow".



This podcast has two purposes:

1) To help you explore your own feelings about your adoption, accept your desire understand your own personal history, and decide for yourself whether reunification with your biological relatives is right for you. It will help you understand how others have dealt with issues related to protecting the feelings of their adopted families who may be supportive of your search, or question your motives and present challenges.



2) For non-adoptees, this podcast will help you understand some of what is in the minds of your friends, family members, or others who are adopted. Perhaps you had questions for them but you didn’t know if you should ask.



The stories will make you smile or bring you to tears, but they’re all true as told by the people who lived them. In them, I hope you’ll find something that inspires you, validates your feelings about wanting to search, or motivates you to have the strength along your journey to learn “Who Am I Really?”

Who Am I Really‪?‬ Damon L. Davis

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 180 Ratings

Adoptees telling their own stories of life in adoption, their search for their birth family, and how their reunion attempt turned out. Stories that make you laugh, cry, or simply say "wow".



This podcast has two purposes:

1) To help you explore your own feelings about your adoption, accept your desire understand your own personal history, and decide for yourself whether reunification with your biological relatives is right for you. It will help you understand how others have dealt with issues related to protecting the feelings of their adopted families who may be supportive of your search, or question your motives and present challenges.



2) For non-adoptees, this podcast will help you understand some of what is in the minds of your friends, family members, or others who are adopted. Perhaps you had questions for them but you didn’t know if you should ask.



The stories will make you smile or bring you to tears, but they’re all true as told by the people who lived them. In them, I hope you’ll find something that inspires you, validates your feelings about wanting to search, or motivates you to have the strength along your journey to learn “Who Am I Really?”

    096 - The Safe Space That's Don's Place

    096 - The Safe Space That's Don's Place

    Singer Song writer Jenni Alpert, commonly referred to by her birth name, Cami had a wonderful life supported by her adoptive parents as she pursued the performing arts. After her adoptive father passed away, she learned that her biological mother had too. Her maternal connections went well over time, but her paternal side remained a mystery. Locating her birth father was one thing… doing reconnaissance, ensuring her safety, and tapping into over a decade of her various volunteer experiences with people who’s lives were in the streets was something different. In their story you’ll hear the dedication of a daughter who found her birth father down and out, accepted him as he was , and worked hard to find a pathway for them to reunite and share their love of music. This is Jenni’s journey.
    Photo:Cami (aka Jenni Alpert) and her birth father Don
    Photo credit: Jeff Fasano
    Here’s a link to the news story I referenced: https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/father-and-daughter-duo-reunited-in-song-62059077604
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    Damon's own story in print and audio:
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    168 - A Vein Of Gratitude

    168 - A Vein Of Gratitude

    When Lisa and I chatted, she was in a hotel in South Dakota, but she normally resides in Tennessee. She was in town for the momentous occasion of reuniting with her birth mother the next day. We agreed to chat ahead of time because Lisa knew she would be a different person after reunion.
    Lisa led a quiet life, surrounded by family she loved and felt deeply connected to. Her adoption was never kept a secret from her and played a constant theme in her life. Guided by gratitude and the question, "where do I come from?" Lisa's journey started with a DNA test, which opened the doors to help her answer that nagging question. Lisa mapped out generations of her family tree, discovered she was a secret to some in her family and a sequestered fact to others. The path of Lisa's reunion still has a winding road ahead so, this is Lisa's journey so far... (part 2 of Lisa's journey will be ep. 181 - Wandering Tree)
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    • 32 min
    169 - The Constellation In One Woman

    169 - The Constellation In One Woman

    Rebecca called me from outside of Richmond, Virginia. She has lived a life in adoption from the formation of her family, with her adoption to becoming a birth mother, dedicating her professional life to adoption and experiencing reunion with her birth mother birth father and her son.
    Her reunions have been a mix of denial and near rejection to full acceptance after years of anticipation and surprise to be found by the parents of her own child. You're going to be amazed to hear how much adoption can be woven throughout one adoptee's life. This is Rebecca's journey
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    170 - Something Good From The Misery

    170 - Something Good From The Misery

    Mike who called me from Berlin, Germany was born in St. Louis, Missouri. It's a place he ultimately fought hard to try to get away from because of its association with his adoptive family. After years traveling the country, then moving abroad to Germany Mike found himself in reunion with his birth mother back in St. Louis.
    Mike says that out of everyone, he looks the most like the one person he really wanted to find. And that these days he's turning some challenging experiences in his life into positivity for others.
    This is mike's journey
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    • 50 min
    171 - Looking Like Him Might Be Too Much

    171 - Looking Like Him Might Be Too Much

    Jonathan's admits adoption was always part of his story and he was never made to feel special or different. But after his adopted sister sought out her biological family for medical information, Jonathan decided it was time for his search to begin to.
    What he found was such a great likeness to his paternal side, that it worked against him in meeting his biological mother who might not have been mentally strong enough to see the face of the young man she used to know appearing again on her adult, biological son.
    This is Jonathan's journey.
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    • 36 min
    172 - I Died To Who I Had Been

    172 - I Died To Who I Had Been

    After years of struggling to get along with her adoptive mother, who struggled as a World War II survivor, Danielle finally figured out the reasons for their differences. She's a late discovery adoptee, but hers was less of a discovery, more of a revelation that overcame her in the middle of the night.
    She found her birth mother who wondered why it took so long for them to finally connect. Then the magic died and their reunion was over.
    Later Danielle did a DNA test connecting to a distant paternal relative, and it was just in time to meet her birth father. This is Danielle's journey.
    Who Am I Really?
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
180 Ratings

180 Ratings

thegatheringplace ,

Unique Podcast Approach

I find Damon’s detective style approach intriguing and engaging. He showcases each adoptee’s story with excitement, as well as with empathy and understanding. Great podcast!

KristinaSterling1 ,

Very insightful interviewer

Listening to a few of these podcasts, I find Damon Davis to be an outstanding interviewer and listener. His interest and empathy to adult adoptees as well as birth parents and adoptive parents is real! Thank you Damon!

birth momma ,

Love Damon’s podcasts

I am a birth mother in reunion with my daughter, we have definitely had our ups and downs. I love hearing from other adoptees and how they feel about certain things. Keeps me a little more in the know of how she may feel about things. I want her to be more a part of my life with her 5 other half siblings, but she seems to stand back. Sometimes she wants to be a part and other times she doesn’t. I just am trying to be available when she does want to be a part. Thank you Damon for hosting these interviews. I enjoy them so much, keep up the good work.

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