Joanna Freitag (2013 Winner)

"No more mysteries, self-doubt and questions... Everyone deserves to know from whom and where they came."


Joanna Eve Freitag, a North Carolina adoptee, spent many years searching for her own family on Internet forums and reunion registries. After reuniting with her own family, she has been helping others search for more than nine years and serves with many adoption-related organizations including the North Carolina Coalition for Adoption Reform for which she is a board member. She has spoken at Wake Technical Community College, Wake County Department of Social Services and Wake County Public Library System on various subjects including her own search story, how to help others search, adoption legislation and more. She is focused on reaching and helping as many people as she can with getting the information about their history that they desire and deserve.