A Bakersfield native is turning to Facebook, hoping to find someone he's never met. He's searching for his biological mother.
24-year-old Todd Hackett now lives in Galt, 250 miles north up Highway 99. But, he isn't letting distance hamper his search. Inspired by other adoptees, Hackett is hoping Facebook will connect him with his Kern County kin.
"I love my parents," said Hackett. "I love my family. They're great."
Memories of Todd Hackett's childhood are cemented in photographs, but information he has about his birth is minimal.
"My Dad said I came into their care at two months, but the adoption was finalized sometime later," said Hackett.
Hackett's adoption was closed so he knows nothing of his birth parents.
"No names. I didn't know what hospital I was born at," said Hackett.
Up until a few years ago, Hackett was a little curious but not enough to search. Then his adoptive mom was in an accident.
"She was hit by a semi truck and she had a lot of brain damage which I'm pretty sure is permanent," said Hackett. "Not having a Mom in my life made me more curious."
That curiosity led to a photo taken in his college cafeteria last week. In it, Hackett is holding up a sign with his birth date and place.
"I just posted on Facebook and said let's just see what happens," he said.
Instantly, the post was shared and liked by thousands from all over the country.
"Every day I have like friend requests and e-mails of people trying to help and do research," said Hackett.
Hackett isn't alone in taking to Facebook to find his birth parents. Dozens across the country have made similar posts that have led to reunions with their biological moms and dads.
So far, Hackett has had leads. Even a girl who thinks she may be his sister, but he hasn't found his mother yet.
"I have hope. I'm optimistic, but I've been met with defeat in the past so, like, I know the feeling," said Hackett.
Even if he does not find her Hackett said he will not regret the post.
"It's amazing, just all these strangers gathering together to help out this kid who's looking for his mom," said Hackett.
There is one way for Hackett to look at his adoption record. According to the Kern County Superior Court, Hackett could get a court order to unseal the file.