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Becky Fawcett

The average household income in our country is $54,000, the average adoption costs is $40,000. This is the financial hurdle posed by a process that costs 74% of the average household's gross income. This is the most significant obstacle between a child living an unsatisfactory and institutionalized life in foster care or an orphanage versus the safe, encouraging, and loving life that parents can provide in a stable home.After numerous miscarriages, Becky Fawcett and her husband Kipp decided to go the route of adoption but were one of those families struggling with this financial burden. Becky says, “I couldn’t image my life childless just because I couldn’t afford it.” When the struggle became a little too tough, Becky and Kipp...

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Jodi Cutler

Published author, super mom and Consultant to Cochlear Europe, Middle East & Africa: meet Jodi Cutler Everything changed when Jodi discovered her son had a bilateral sensorineural profound hearing loss two months after moving to Italy in 1997. He was ten months old at the time, and the Audiologist said, “Your son is Deaf. You live in Italy. You must speak Italian to your son, no English, or he will be too confused and never learn to speak.” Hearing that at the time was just insult to injury. Fast forward eight years when Jordan received his first cochlear implant, and their lives changed from incredibly difficult to liberating! The cochlear implant gave him access to his surrounding world filled with...

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Aida Phillips Privado

Aida Phillips was always a very spiritual and positive person, but with her journey to adoption, she gained a new perspective on miracles. After two years of fertility struggles, a few failed adoptions and some lawyers who met with the couple only to take their consultation money….she was mentally and physically exhausted. Then they got the call, a family had chosen them! Aida says, “My life changed forever the day we brought home our daughter Milana, we adopted her from birth and it has been the best 5 1/2 years of my life. "I learned the meaning of unconditional love having her as my daughter” she expresses. Aida, born in Mexico City, Mexico and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, had a...

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Isaiah Cruz

I’m not sure exactly when I first admitted to myself that I was gay, but it was somewhere between my sophomore and junior year in high school. Growing up in New York City, I was surrounded by just about every type of race, color, creed and religion you could think of. But I was raised in a very conservative Christian family, not to mention a Puerto Rican one, that sheltered me pretty heavily until I went to public school for the first time in tenth grade. I discovered an entire world that celebrated who I really was, who I was scared to show to the world. I could be myself with my friends, but at home and in my religious...

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Jenny Green Powers

On 7-29-04 Jenny had a gold charm inscribed with the date 7-29-04 because it was the worst day of her life and she wanted a solid reminder that things could only get better from here.That morning she had told her husband she was leaving him. Asked unexpectedly to work an event that night, she went because it beat staying home and crying. She put on her newly inscribed charm and went to work. That evening she met a handsome stranger. He asked why she was wearing today's date around her neck, and Jenny told him the reason why this was the worst day of her life. The man told Jenny that he would call her in 2 months time to...

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