Holt also named Joanie after her mother, who passed away when Holt was only 14 years old. And although Holt never had children of her own, she thinks of Joanie as her child.
“She taught me how to be a mom,” Holt said. “When I got her, I was in a much different state of mind and a different part of my life. But from day one, it was like, ‘Right. She’s my responsibility, and she’s taught me how to be a mom. I look at her as my child.’”