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In 2007, Becky Fawcett ’92 founded an organization that helps families with the high cost of adoption. Inspired by her own adoption experience, Fawcett knew she had to help others build their families as she built hers. Her nonprofit, HelpUsAdopt.org, does just that. By growing consistently and steadily increasing their grant monies, HelpUsAdopt.org has been building more families than ever. In fact, in 2019 the organization built more than one family per week.
Today, HelpUsAdopt.org is facing new challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Families who are matched with children around the globe find themselves unable to travel to—and in some cases even communicate with—orphanages. Expectant mothers are struggling to support themselves, and some have even become homeless.
“Families are not able to travel to support the courageous women who have chosen them to parent and to greet their children as they enter this world,” Fawcett said. “Couples and individuals who were already struggling with the cost of adoption are now facing economic uncertainty. The community that we serve is in crisis and children's lives are at stake.”
Despite these challenges, Fawcett believes HelpUsAdopt.org will remain a beacon of hope for many families.
“It's going to be a struggle but we're up to it,” she said. “We're receiving so much love, support and kind messages from our core supporters and are standing strong in our commitment to the children and families that we serve. They need us now more than ever.”
To show their support, HelpUsAdopt.org will host its annual Faces of Adoption® Benefit & Silent Auction event virtually on Thursday, May 28. The organization hopes to raise $100,000 to support families in the adoption process who are facing further hardships, financially and emotionally, because of this pandemic and make a difference in the lives of children around the world who are in need of permanent, loving homes.
“By standing together, we can help more families,” Fawcett said. “By standing together, we can make a difference.”
Get more information or support and register for the Faces of Adoption® Benefit & Silent Auction virtual event.