A lot of adopted children grow up wondering where they came from. They may have descriptions of their birth parents, their first names, pictures, or simply just the knowledge that their adoptive parents didn’t conceive them. The story of someone’s search for their birth parents is different than the next, while some stories end positively and some do not. We’ve all heard of different agencies, support groups, personal investigators and many more ways to search for one’s roots but Jenessa Simons found a new approach.
Jenessa Simons, 21, posted a picture of herself on Facebook January 27th, which was shared over 124,000 times. The reason this photograph was so popular is because Simons was in the search for her birthparents. She listed what hospital she was born in, her birth date, the name her birth parents had given her and in a matter of three days, Simons found her apparent birth mother.
According to Alyssa Newcomb of ABC News, ‘The story caught the eye of a woman who attended high school with who she believed was Simons' birth parents. She passed on the information to the apparent Simons' birth mother, who then sent her a message. Simons was skeptical at first, she said, but after talking to the woman, she knew she had found the one.’
In order to prove her identity, her birth mother sent pictures to Simons as a baby that Simons’ adoptive mother had given her. Her birth mother also provided Simons with information about her birth father. Simons has not yet met her birth mother, but that is her goal in the near future and also to find and meet her birth father.
Facebook has always been a place to catch up with old friends, post photographs and fill the world in on every move one makes. However, who knew that it could be a source for a lucky girl to find her flesh and blood she hadn’t met for 21 years. Hopefully, Simons’ inspires other people in the same situation to seek out their dreams.