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This week on MD for Moms, I interview Becky Fawcett, Founder and President of Help us Adopt (helpusadopt.org), a national 501(c)(3) adoption grant program that awards life-changing grants to people hoping to become parents through adoption. Help Us Adopt does not charge applicants, and it supports all types of families, all types of adoptions and does not require a religious statement of faith. It is a one-of-a-kind organization that helps bring children to loving homes by offsetting the cost of adoption through grants up to $15,000. Adoption is expensive – it can cost roughly $40,000 to adopt a child, and for many this cost can be prohibitive. Help Us Adopts aims to reduce the burden, so that cost does not prevent a loving family from adopting a child.
Adoption can be a daunting process – there are home studies, lawyers fees, agency fees, and much more to figure out and then pay for. There are different types of adoption – private, national vs. international, through the child welfare system, using an agency or not, plus open versus closed, and more. Becky Fawcett knows adoption inside and out – she explains the various types of adoption and why someone may choose one way versus another. She also explores when it may be time to consider adoption, what it means if IVF fails, and answers common questions about adoption.
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Becky Fawcett is the founder and president of Helpusadopt.org, an equality-based organization that seeks to reduce the financial burden of adoption by awarding large, life-changing, problem-solving grants.
After graduating from Franklin & Marshall College, Becky had a successful career in the magazine industry, first for Baltimore magazine, and then for Philadelphia magazine as the director of marketing. In 1999, she founded The Fawcett Group, a full-service public relations and marketing firm with offices in New York City and Philadelphia.
After adopting their first child in 2005 (and their second in 2009), Becky and Kipp were so grateful to have the financial means to adopt that they decided to make a donation to an organization that would help ease another family’s financial burden. Sadly, they could not find an adoption grant organization that was based on a mission of equality. To address this need and help all types of families, they founded Helpusadopt.org in 2007. Under Becky’s leadership, Helpusadopt.org has grown from a kitchen-table organization into a strong, national presence with a full time staff of four, board of twenty-two, hundreds of volunteers, and thousands of donors.