TLC Presents: Taken At Birth
Tune in to the three-night television event coming this fall.
New secrets, bittersweet reunions, and surprising DNA revelations. TLC presents Taken At Birth, a three-night television event coming this October. The six-hour special will share the untold stories of the “Hicks Babies,” the name given to more than 200 newborn babies illegally sold or given away from the back door of a small-town Georgia clinic run by Dr. Thomas J. Hicks during the 1950s and 1960s.
In 1997, the shocking news story broke, revealing that Hicks was alleged to have spearheaded a black market baby ring out of his clinic, denying over hundreds of babies their true identities and biological families. Since the undercover operation was exposed, many Hicks Babies have desperately searched for their origins, yet decades later, they are still looking for their birth parents. To this day, a cloud of secrecy remains around Dr. Hicks himself and the notorious adoption ring that changed the course of hundreds of lives.
The Hicks Babies share an urgency to find their roots and uncover the truth about Dr. Hicks’ clinic before the clock runs out. At the helm is lead investigator Jane Blasio, the youngest of the known Hicks Babies, whose resolve helped break the story, and who has since dedicated her life to finding out the truth. After 20 years of hard work and heartbreaking dead ends, Jane is determined to get some answers. To aid in the search, she enlists TLC’s Long Lost Family co-hosts Lisa Joyner and Chris Jacobs, hoping their investigative skills and experience reuniting families, combined with the benefit of today’s advanced technology, will finally provide results. Together, they set off on a journey to solve a decades-old mystery, reunite birth families and ultimately help them find closure, acceptance, and truth.
Searching For Answers
Jane, Lisa, and Chris will search for answers that have haunted these Hicks Babies for years. Why did Dr. Hicks start selling babies? Were some mothers misled into believing their babies were stillborn when they were actually alive? And the monumental question that’s been looming over the Hicks Babies community for years: Were any of the babies biological children of Hicks himself?
Throughout the journey, they experience epic reunions and devastating disappointments, encounter unexpected twists and turns, and breakthrough old barriers to uncover new evidence that may finally provide the truth for many Hicks Babies, and that could help the search for others moving forward.