Human Parts
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Human Parts

Wrong Fam, Fam

A tale of adoptee lore

Papers showing genealogy research, including a picture of a family tree
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There was a point in my life when I spent more time watching adoptee reunion footage than I care to admit. I mean, I was hooked. I was equally as fascinated by the adoptee’s response to seeing their biological family for the first time as I was by the biological family’s response to their long-lost kin. Now, whenever someone mentions adoptee reunions, I see a montage of “Welcome home” banners and…

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