• Taken at Birth

  • Stolen Babies, Hidden Lies, and My Journey to Finding Home
  • By: Jane Blasio
  • Narrated by: Jane Blasio, Lisa Larsen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the 1940s through the 1960s, young pregnant women entered the front door of a clinic in a small North Georgia town. Sometimes their babies exited out the back, sold to Northern couples who were desperate to hold a newborn in their arms. But these weren't adoptions - they were transactions. And one unethical doctor was exploiting other people's tragedies.

Jane Blasio was one of those babies. At six, she learned she was adopted. At 14, she first saw her birth certificate, which led her to begin piecing together details of her past. Jane undertook a decades-long personal investigation to not only discover her own origins but identify and reunite other victims of the Hicks Clinic human trafficking scheme. Along the way she became an expert in illicit adoptions, serving as an investigator and telling her story on every major news network.

Taken at Birth is the remarkable account of her tireless quest for truth, justice, and resolution. Perfect for book clubs, as well as those interested in inspirational stories of adoption, human trafficking, and true crime.

©2021 Jane Estelle Blasio (P)2021 eChristian

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Fascinating

Had seen the Taken at Birth Special on TV this book has far more interesting stories and in depth time spent with life long friends she made ! Lots of special insight from people who lived there at the time ! Or had Parents and Relatives living threw and telling their Children about those times !


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Extremely captivating!!

10/10 recommend!! Jane’s story is unbelievably real and raw! Be prepared to be hooked as she takes you on a journey through her life of sadness, heartbreak and triumph! Enjoy!

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Gripping True Story of Finding Home

Jane Blasio is a first time writer with a natural instinct for effortlessly drawing the reader into her emotional journey. Viewers of the TLC special “Taken at Birth” will be familiar with the tragic story. Yet this book forges a path from the very beginning of Jane’s life to the very personal resolution that “…love is everything.”

As Jane recounts her laborious work to shed light on a tragic past, we begin to see (as she sees) that her efforts are bringing magic to the many other babies born at the long-closed clinic of McCaysville, GA. Families are reunited and familial bonds are forged.

For the past half-decade, I’ve had the privilege of working in the City of McCaysville. What a blessing it’s been to watch the town sparkle like a ‘real life’ Norman Rockwell painting with families and couples and loved ones creating new memories. It is my hope that those who’s lives began in McCaysville can return to find a town with welcoming arms.

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A good read. Shocking story

Interesting story. Amazing journey. Shocking facts. i feel this story is best if this book is followed by the companion TB show. You will get a fuller story. On their own, both are still good.

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Moving, heartbreaking story…

Well written, engaging but heartbreaking story. A little too much religion interspersed for my liking and the narrator sounds rather robotic. Not enough to make me give up, too interesting for that.

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Interesting story

Very interesting story. Wish they would have went into more details about finding families. The family that was spoken of and names seems a little to jumbled with info. I think it could have been in more detail to break it up some. I did like the story.

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Great Read

To learn that this is still going on, but pleased actions are being taken to deal with it. More needs to be done.

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So poorly written!!

Although this may be a story that needs to be told, this author needed much help in telling it! It was so poorly written that it was almost painful to get through it. I wouldn’t have bothered to finish it at all however, it was chosen by my monthly book club so I had to finish it.

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I learned but

I learned something which is probably not an isolated case. The book is not well written. I’m glad the author told her story. But she and the editor are not great storytellers.

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Cry me a river (as the song goes)

I just started listening to this book and couldn't get past the first 30 minutes.
The author is detailing her life as an adopted child. She is a white young woman who gets adopted by a white family shortly after her birth. The family treats her very well. The author is just mad at them and the world because she was adopted (something she finds out when children tease her in 3rd grade).

Cry me a river as the song goes. She has no clue what it is like to be adopted and raised in a family that doesn't treat you well. Or to be of a different race than your adopted family.

If you really want to learn about adoptees who had a tough time growing up listen to "Given Away: Korean Adoptees Tell Their Stories." This is available for free on Audible Plus. It is a difficult listen as the trauma these adoptees go through is heartbreaking; but, it is a far more realistic story than this garbage.