Who Left a Baby at Our Doorstep?

How a surprise DNA match redefined our family story.

Jacqueline Jannotta
GenTales
Published in
9 min readFeb 19, 2024

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Black and white photo with closeup of an infant’s hand in an oversized sleeve. The baby’s sleeve with hand is surrounded by a blanket with non discernable pattern in gray tones.
Photo by Limor Zellermayer on Unsplash

One Tuesday in 2017, I woke up to find a baby girl on my family’s doorstep. There was a note pinned to her basket that said, “My name is Suzanna and I belong to you. Please figure out how I fit in.”

Okay, it wasn’t an actual baby. But that’s exactly what it felt like the day I checked the DNA…

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Jacqueline Jannotta
GenTales

Author (“Let’s Leave the Country!”), ex-Hollywood. I write to help us shift from Me to We, toward a better future. BecomingBetterPeople.us.