JONI, NO LONGER BLUE

A TOUCHING MOTHER-AND-CHILD REUNION ADDS FUEL TO THE DEBATE OVER ADOPTION-PRIVACY RULES

In the summer of 1964, a willowy but pregnant 20-year-old singer named Joan Anderson arrived in Toronto from her native province of Saskatchewan to face a painful decision. Penniless and afraid to tell her parents, she gave birth as a charity patient at a local hospital to a blue-eyed baby girl she named Kelly Dale. The father, a student who had accompanied her to Toronto, was out of the picture, so Joni hastily married folk singer Chuck Mitchell, hoping to make a home for her baby. "I kept trying to find some kind of circumstance where I could stay with her,"...

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