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  • Keywords
    • Finding birth family,
    • Winnipeg Manitoba,
    • Teaching,
    • Early Childhood Ed,
    • Birth mother,
    • Birth siblings,
    • Manitoba Child Family

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The Missing Puzzle Pieces
Finding My Birth Family
by Joan Zaretsky

Joan Zaretsky was adopted as an infant, and grew up in a loving, happy home with adoptive parents who supported her to experience many opportunities. Following her retirement, and her adoptive parents passing away, Joan courageously endeavors to reconnect with her birth family—but this journey won’t be without difficulty. She may not find acceptance at every door at which she knocks, and will have to overcome other hardships, like cancer, loss, and mourning. But, ultimately, the little windfalls and serendipities of life could lead her to more love and family than ever. The Missing Puzzle Pieces: Finding My Birth Family is the incredible true story of Joan Zaretsky’s life and post-retirement search for her birth family. It’s a must-have memoir for fans of heartfelt, feel-good stories of family, and an inspiring, relatable read for those involved in adoption or who may be facing trials in their life. It’s never too late to find what’s missing.

Joan Zaretsky is a retired teacher who has written on educational issues and worked in many roles in the education system throughout her career. While earning her master’s degree and PhD, she wrote and presented research papers across Canada and the United States. In 2010, her doctoral dissertation, Perspectives of Northern Manitoba Principals Regarding New Special Education Legislation, won the Thomas B. Greenfield Award for the best written dissertation in Canada in the area of Educational Administration. Though retired, she stays active and involved in her community and education. She is an instructor at the University of Winnipeg and on the board of directors for her local church, among other projects. Joan lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband Richard, and enjoys time with her four stepchildren and five step-grandchildren, who keep her youthful and energized. Though she has written numerous research-based projects, The Missing Puzzle Pieces: Finding My Birth Family is Joan’s first time writing a book from her heart, rather than her head.


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