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Inspiring Family Takes on Challenges Most Wouldn't Dream Of
OCTOBER 16, 2013Beth Greenfield, Shine StaffKelly Nixon Mayr of Colorado has birthed five children, adopted one troubled teen and fostered several special-needs infants. On Tuesday, she and husband Paul announced, through their family blog, that they had finalized their adoption of Angie, a 2-year-old who was born drug-exposed and clubfooted, whom they had fostered on and off since she was 1.
“I thought, ‘If not us, who?’” she explains, quoting Hillel. “I am already networked into this community. I know people. I’m older, and it’s much less scary.” After learning about institutionalized, disabled children who lay in bed all day, she thought, “I know I can do better than that.” But she also wants others to know that they are well equipped to do it, too—more than they may believe.
“People will often try to find a reason why they couldn’t possibly do it,” she says. “They say to me, ‘You must have family nearby, you must have lots of support, you must have lots of money.’” But for people with huge hearts and the wherewithal to locate the multitude of adoption grants that are available, she says, it’s possible for just about anyone. Read more: Yahoo News