After three years of searching for her biological parents, Jenessa Simons has finally found them, after only 2 days on Facebook.
21-year-old Simons was given up for adoption by her then-16-year-old parents.
“Obviously they both cared enough about me to say, ‘We need to give her a family that’s stable, and she can come find us later,’ which I appreciate more than anything,” she said in an interview.
After three years of frustratedly searching for her biological parents, she finally decided to turn to social media.
She decided to post a photo of herself with a plea to find her parents. “Everyone on Facebook’s been posting posters like, ‘One million likes and I get a puppy,’ and I thought, ‘Hey, these are getting shared around. I’ve seen kids get likes and get a puppy, so I should probably give it a shot,'” she explained.
Within 48 hours and 33,000 shares, a random user was able to locate Simons’ mother.
“She did send me a message on Facebook,” Simons recounted. “And said, ‘I think I’m your birth mother. I can’t believe it’s you. I’ve waited all this time’.”
While Simons’ biological parents are not together, her biological mother was able to reach him as well. “He sounded really surprised, but happy,” Simons said after finally speaking to her father.