Woman looks for biological parents using Facebook
BASTROP (AP) — A woman born in Louisiana and now living in Arkansas has turned to Facebook in her search for her biological parents.
Kim Bolin Booker was born Jan. 10, 1970, in Sterlington and delivered by Dr. Henry Jones. Her birth certificate makes no mention of any parent other than her adoptive mother and father. She was told at any early age about her adoption and decided after the birth of her first child to try and find her biological parents.
Booker said she has looked for old records from Jones’ practice, but was told everything was destroyed several years ago.
Booker’s Facebook page is “Sterlington, Louisiana adoptions.”
For Booker, finding her biological mother would bring a sense of closure in a frustrating lifelong quest.
“I was raised in a loving household and am grateful to my parents for everything they have done for me,” Booker said. “I just would like to know some information about my birth parents.”
Booker has looked for old records from Jones’ practice, but was told everything was destroyed several years ago.
When Booker started the Facebook page, she got 158 “likes” within a couple of days and people began looking at the site and sharing it on their pages. The site drew the attention of others who were adopted through Jones and they too are sharing their stories and searching for their biological parents.
Among those looking is Alice Graves who was born in 1962 at the Sterlington Hospital with Jones listed as the delivering physician.
Graves has been able to learn that her biological grandmother was from the Winnsboro area and her biological father was killed in an accident before she was born.
Her birth mother already had three children and was encouraged to give her up.
Jones was aware that Graves’ adoptive parents could not have children and wanted to adopt, so he acted as the liaison.
For Booker, finding her biological mother would bring a sense of closure.
“I am not trying to cause any trouble and I know that at the time of my birth, having a baby out of wedlock was taboo. I just want to finally know who my birth parents are and maybe talk with them,” Booker said.
Jones founded the Sterlington Hospital in the early 1960s and worked at its second location in Sterlington until his death in 1975.