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'Find My Family' debuts on ABC

November 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Entertainment reporter George Pennacchio talks with the Lisa Joyner, the host of ABC's new show 'Find My Family.' "I can tell them I understand what they are going through because I have been in the same situation," said L.A. reporter Lisa Joyner.

Lisa co-hosts a new reality show that debuts Monday night.

"Find My Family" aims to reunite birth parents with the children they gave up for adoption.

"It's actually the realization of a dream come true. I've had a desire to do this show. I think its criminal that adoptees do not like their biological past, their medical history, and that it's kept such a secret," said Lisa. "This show has given people an opportunity, who didn't have the means, the support, didn't know where to turn, how to do it, an opportunity to fulfill themselves, become a whole person and to know where they came from."

Lisa says this show doesn't feel like a job to her.

"It never feels like work when I'm talking to these people."It never feels like work when we're connecting families," said Lisa. "It always feels like I'm doing what I'm supposed to do."

Years ago, Lisa did find her own birth parents and she learned about the circumstances surrounding how she came into this world. But she always knew what mattered most.

"When I was a kid growing up people used to ask me 'Don't you want to hear about your real parents?' I told them I didn't because I lived with my real parents," said Lisa. "My biological family is out there and I'm curious, but the parents that I grew up with are my mom and dad. The people that I found gave me life, but the people that raised me taught me how to live life."

You can watch "Find My Family" at 9:30 p.m., on ABC7.


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