Johnathan Emerson was 7 years old when he was adopted by Brian Miller. Johnathan had previously been abused while being shuffled between foster homes. At the time, Brian was told that Johnathan suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome, and at StoryCorps they talk about Johnathan’s difficult adjustment to living with Brian, and the moment Brian realized Johnathan was his kid.

Originally aired June 19, 2009, on NPR’s Morning Edition.