AncestryDNA reunites Hicks Babies on “Nightline”

Kristie Hughes was sold as a baby. Now AncestryDNA has helped her find the family she was taken from 51 years ago.

The story of the “Hicks Babies” broke about 20 years ago when a researcher discovered that a Dr. Thomas Hicks of McCaysville, Georgia, sold babies he delivered in his clinic to couples looking to adopt children in the 1950s and ’60s. Some were children of women he convinced not to have abortions. Others may have been from mothers who didn’t want another child or whom Hicks told their child had died. There may have been more than 200 of these children—including Kristie Hughes.

AncestryDNA got involved when ABC’s Nightline asked for help tracking down relatives of eight Hicks Babies. Because forged birth certificates identified the Hicks Babies adoptive parents as their biological parents, DNA offered the best—and in many cases the only—chance to find family.

Nightline captured Kristie’s reunion in an episode that aired last night (August 5). If you missed it—and it’s one you won’t want to miss—you can view it online.