Woman Reunited With Birth Mom in Just Days Thanks to Facebook

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birth mom FacebookAs of this writing, the photo 21-year-old Jenessa Simons posted on Facebook last weekend has been shared over 130,000 times. This is exactly what she'd hoped would happen, since that's what she asked people to do in the sign she holds in the image: "Please like & share." Unlike the increasingly popular/annoying One Million Likes challenge, however, Simons had an actual reason for trying to make her photo go viral: she was looking for her birth parents.

Simons was born at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo on November 17, 1991. Her parents were just 16 at the time, and she had both of their birth dates. "They named me Whitney," she wrote on the sign. Between that small amount of information Jenessa Simons had to share and the power of Facebook, something fantastic happened.

Her photo was posted on Sunday, and it started racking up likes and shares almost immediately -- just two days later, the image had been shared over 86,000 times. The story caught the attention of a woman who thought the details sounded familiar, and that woman passed the photo along to the person she believed was Simons' birth mother.

Soon, Simons had a message from the woman who gave birth to her:

She did send me a message on Facebook and said, "I think I’m your birth mother. I can’t believe it’s you. I’ve waited all this time."

Simons said she was initially skeptical it was really her mom because she'd received mountains of email from people who lied that they were her parents. But after talking to the woman, she knew she had found her. She knew things others didn't, like the fact that Simons was born by caesarean section, and she shared some photos of Simons as a baby that were given to her by the girl's adoptive mom.

Simons is now focused on getting to know her birth mother better, and is hoping to meet her soon. She is still searching for her birth father, but says that the experience has made her feel grateful for the power of social media:

... people took one second of their day to hit share and I found my family.

She's also hoping to turn her page into a resource for others to help find their own biological parents.

I'm pretty blown away by this story, in part because I actually saw the photo get shared in my own Facebook feed a couple days ago. It obviously wouldn't have had such a happy ending if Simons' birth mother didn't want to be found (and as a side note, I hope Simons adoptive parents are supportive of the effort), but it seems like everything worked out wonderfully.

And so quickly. Facebook has truly become a force of nature, hasn't it? Here's a young woman who, with the click of a button, reached more people more effectively than most traditional media could have. Amazing.

What do you think of this story? Do you think reaching out via Facebook is a good choice for people searching for their birth parents?

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kelti... kelticmom

I actually did find my birthmom on Facebook. I knew her maiden name and a few details, and would do a random search from time to time. And one time, there she was! Unfortunately in my case, I probably should have left it alone bc while she seemed nice at first, it ended up being a very awkward, almost stalker-esque situation. She thought she could just waltz back in and be my mom, be my son's grandma, call me everyday, pop in to my work randomly, invite her family members to our get togethers, get upset if I didn't call/text her back right away, etc. I have a mother, the one that raised me. I am grateful that my bio mom gave me to her. But she came on WAY too strong for me.

Jessy76 Jessy76

My DH gave up a son for adoption 22 yrs ago. We started searching for him as soon as he turned 18 but didn't have much luck. Neither myself or my DH had FB pages at the time. Then about 2 yrs ago a friend of ours suggested we try FB. Within 1 day of setting up pages and looking on FB and we found him. We contacted him and have a great relationship now. FB is an amazing resource for people who are looking to find lost loved ones.

Crispy McCrispen

I found a brother i didn't even know i had on FB. It can be a wonderful thing

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

I think fb is an amazing tool to find long losts. Weather its bio parents brothers and sisters etc. Or friends.

Felly... FellyScarlett

My sister found her birth mother, who is a vile disgusting human being who let her boyfriend lock her in a room for days without food or water. And my sister, who just turned 18, is dumb enough to abandon us, the ones who saved her from that, and go back to her "real mom".

Star Mccormick

my mom pushed me to find my dad and it took about 5 mouths BUT i have found him and we have a good thing going now.

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