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Making Mother’s Day – by Making Adoption Affordable

PHOTO: Caroline Edgerton is among dozens of people receiving financial assistance from HelpUsAdopt.org. The grant enabled her to adopt Logan. Courtesy HelpUsAdopt.org
PHOTO: Caroline Edgerton is among dozens of people receiving financial assistance from HelpUsAdopt.org. The grant enabled her to adopt Logan. Courtesy HelpUsAdopt.org
May 9, 2013

LANSING, Mich. - Mothers across the country will be celebrated Sunday. But for many women who want to become mothers, there's no celebration - only frustration.

When the fertility clinic, and all else, fail, adoption can seem like the answer. Except it's not, in too many sad cases. Adoption is an expensive and lengthy process. It can cost from $30,000 to $50,000 and take two years or more.

That's where groups such as HelpUsAdopt.org come in. In the last six years, the organization has helped build 73 families by awarding $570,000 in adoption grants.

Becky Fawcett and her husband Kipp founded the group in response to their own experience.

"When I was struggling with infertility and miscarriages and wanted nothing more than to be a mother, when Mothers' Day rolled around every year, it was one of the most painful days of the year," Becky Fawcett recalled.

She said the group is set apart from others by focusing on non-discrimination, not defining what a family is, not charging applicants to apply, and giving out the large grants of up to $15,000.

Caroline Edgerton lost her husband and infant son in an accident in 2007. A grant from HelpUsAdopt.org helped her to close a financial gap and adopt a son, Logan.

"I was very fearful," Edgerton related. "I didn't know if I would be able to afford it and do it on my own and make that dream happen. And now I know that there are resources and there's a lot of support out there that is available."

Becky Fawcett and a committee of five select grantees, looking for people who are making every effort to pay for their adoption themselves but are coming up short. She spends most of the rest of her time looking for donors, she said.

"We have about 800 people a year who apply with financial requests over $6 million, and we have $200,000 to give away this year."

Caroline Edgerton said the organization has remained in the lives of her and Logan.

"It wasn't just 'Here's your grant, congratulations, move forward.' Logan is now 15 months old and they've just touched our lives in such an amazing way."

Families helped by the group since 2007 include heterosexual married couples, single parents - male and female - and LGBT couples.

More information is at HelpUsAdopt.org.

Rob South, Public News Service - MI