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Children from Illegal Adoption Clinic Seek Relatives Through DNA Tests

iStock/Thinkstock(DUCKTOWN, Tenn.) -- Adoptees from the 1950s and 1960s are on a mission to find their genetic relatives after being relocated through an illegal adoption clinic.

Some of the 200 adults, nicknamed "Hicks babies," will undergo free cheek-swab sampling at a Tennessee motel Saturday. The individuals were part of a group involved in off-the-books adoptions through Dr. Thomas Hicks' McCaysville clinic in northern Georgia.

Ohio-based DNA Diagnostics Center will offer Saturday's services to those participants. The cells will be dried onto cotton swabs and sent off to a laboratory for testing, according to Dr. Michael Baird with the DDC.

"We're really excited here at DDC just to be part of this project, and hope that we can get a lot of people that are involved and interested in pursuing this and hope we can bring some closure to this," Baird added.


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