In 1965, Blasio’s adoptive parents drove from Ohio, paid $1,000 cash and a received their new baby through the car window, swaddled in a blanket and still caked with dried blood. When Blasio’s adoptive mother died in 1988, her father shared all he knew of the family secret and Blasio embarked on a journey to learn as much as she could about Doc Hicks.
After many trips to McCaysville, Blasio, with assistance from a local judge, uncovered about 200 birth certificates of babies born between 1952 and 1965 that had been falsified with the names of adoptive parents rather than birth parents.
With the advent of commercially available DNA testing, about 30 Hicks babies descended on the town in 2014 hoping to find their birth families.
For Blasio, that moment came in 2017 when she got a hit through ancestry.com and found her father who had died in 2010. She has since reconnected with extended family members.
“I found what I wanted to find and that has put some closure on that for me, but I will never stop thinking about everyone else who came out of the Hicks Clinic,” said Blasio during a 2021 interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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Previous coverage from the AJC
From 1997: A town’s secret - The story of a Georgia doctor and his illegal adoption clinic
From 2014: Now grown, Hicks babies turn to DNA to find birth families