Iowa woman's search for birth family draws huge interest


An Iowa woman's Facebook plea to help her find her birth family has been shared thousands of times.

Megan Hejlik posted the photo above on her Facebook page five days ago.

The poster she's holding in the photo runs down all the info she has: the day she was born, the hospital, and her mother's age.

She lives in Sheffield, Iowa – just a little south of Mason City – and since publishing the plea, interest has taken off.

It's gotten more than 7,800 shares, and dozens of supportive comments.

She spoke with KIMT about how the post took off – which she wasn't expecting – and why she decided to do it.

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Hejlik told the Globe Gazette she's wanted to find her birth family for years, and decided to ask Facebook users for help after not making progress through other research methods.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 50,644 youths were adopted in 2014 with the help of a public agency.

Nearly 108,000 youths meanwhile were waiting for adoption.

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